The Google Feed gets redesigned again: Zero respect for Material Design, tons of wasted space


It seems that Android users could be faced to yet another design revamp of the Google newsfeed and the Google app's design. Honestly, it's easy to lose track of all the changes that the Google Feed has been subjected to over the course of the past few months, and it seems that Google itself is not ready to settle down, too. 

The new Google Feed design seems to be coming as a server-side change for some users, and while there's no way of knowing whether it will be enabled for other users as well, there's always the chance that the new looks of the essential functionality could be final... for a few months at least.

The new design is characterized with bubble elements that feature the news topic followed by a non-swipable card with a snippet of the news in question. There's lots of wasted space that doesn't necessarily look good and makes the current design of the Google Feed that much more likeable. The padding of the news cards is easily the biggest eyesore. There's also very little cohesion with other instances of Google's design advances, even Material Design itself. 

Are we surprised? No, Google itself has been violating its own Material Design guidelines for years, so it's safe to say that the Google Feed could easily be the norm and not the exception.

As we already said, there's no way of knowing if your device will suddenly receive the new looks or not. Provided that you're on the latest version of the Google app, there's a small chance that you might be among the select few that will have the honors of testing out the new design for us all. 

Here follow screenshots of various users' redesigned Google Feeds. Do you like the change or not?


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11 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

They could be partially excused if it looked good on screenshots, but damn, it looks like an app for 6 years olds I guess Google knows its audience

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Lol did they copy Apple's feed?

3. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

But can we swipe away cards again????

12. peter.k

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Don't keep those hopes up...

5. ReticentHamster

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Holy heck, there's no way that can be a final design! The way the text and images butt up against the top of the cards looks completely unprofessional, and creates a very cramped feeling... while at the same time wasting a bunch of space between the cards. I hope this is just some sort of beta, or test, because that looks horrendous.

11. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I hope it's a beta test as well, and that it will not look anything like that when/if it changes. What the hell Google???

6. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Sundar pichai: "ok guys I want to make the Google feed match as closely as possible to apples design, we've made material desing look great but let's throw all that out the window" God I hate what the Google and Android teams are doing!

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

First they removed swipe to dismiss and now this s*it. Google are you ok?

8. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It looks terrible. And I care because I use it everyday.

10. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Say it ain't so Google?

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