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Google News & Weather app gets a Material redesign and some spitshine

This week's app update has given Google News & Weather (opens in new tab) an update that lets it better match the Google News website and better match other Google apps like Google Now and Google Home, brightening things up and cleaning the busy sections drawer a little. It's not a huge overhaul, but it is a welcoming to see Google updating apps for consistency.

The new update does add a little more blank space to the layout, and it adds a tabbed nav bar at the bottom of the screen for easily switching between Headlines, Local, and For You. This bar matches recent updates to YouTube, though things here are significantly less crowded. The hamburger menu for Google News & Weather has also thinned out dramatically, consolidating from every news section you may or may not use to a much shorter section list. Shortening this list up also puts the dark theme toggle in easy reach. (Yay dark theme!)

The app update is rolling out to everyone at Google's usual leisurely pace, so don't be surprised if it's not waiting in Google Play this morning, but it'll come to everyone in due time.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • Never use it.
  • I use it all the time and like the dark theme offered. Mac
  • It's a collection of fake news sites, aka the lamestream Media sites such as cnn and BBC.
    It needs real news sites such as westmonster and infowars
  • is this sarcasm or are you serious?
  • I hope so lol....
  • That photo illustrates why I would never use a curved display. It looks terrible and looks like it wouldn't be very enjoyable to use. Your palm/fingers would get in the way of the distorted image.
  • This!
  • Good deal, and love the dark theme for this app.