The service covers news articles appearing within the past 30 days on various news websites. In total, Google News aggregates content from more than 25,000 publishers.For the English language, it covers about 4,500 sites; for other languages, fewer. Its front page provides roughly the first 200 characters of the article and a link to its larger content. Websites may or may not require a subscription; sites requiring subscription are noted in the article description.
On December 1, 2009, Google announced changes to their “first click free” program,[clarification needed] which has been running since 2008 and allows users to find and read articles behind a paywall. The reader’s first click to the content is free, and the number after that would be set by the content provider.
The layout of Google News underwent a major revision on May 16, 2011.
Additionally in July 2011, the Sci/Tech section of the English Google News versions was split up into two sections: Science and Technology. It was announced that this section split would be performed on other language versions as well. As of early 2013, this split had not been applied to all language versions of Google News.
In June 2017, the desktop version of Google News saw a thorough redesign that according to Google had the goal to “make news more accessible and easier to navigate … with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users.” Yet several options such as the search tools menu were removed along with the redesign, making searches much more difficult. It now uses a card format for grouping related news stories, and as summarized by Engadget, “doesn’t look like a search results page anymore”, removing text snippets and blue links.