Alphabet (yes, we know it’s confusing) is giving Google Finance a makeover. And it’s about time too. Google Finance has been stagnating of late, and some elements even relied on Adobe Flash to work despite Google making its feelings about Flash clear on several different occasions.
Google seems to be on a mission to update all of its services. Google News and Google Calendar have both been given makeovers in recent months, and now it’s the turn of Google Finance. The latter’s makeover is more than just visual though, finally removing Flash from the equation.
Google Finance Gets a Makeover
Google Finance is being repositioned. It will still live on at Google.com/finance, but will also now show up in its own tab on Google Search under More on the navigation bar. And whichever way you land on Google Finance you’ll find a new user interface designed to look more like other Google services.
Hot take. New Google Finance is terrible
— Anthony Sotirhos (@stockjock84) November 28, 2017
You’ll now find financial news and information based on your interests and insights about different companies. You’ll also be able to see the performance of stocks over time, recommendations on other stocks to buy, and a lot more besides. All presented in a more visually pleasing way.
Unfortunately, the shakeup means Google is retiring several features people will know and love from the old Google Finance. Namely, “the portfolio, the ability to download your portfolio, and historical tables.” However, you’ll still be able to get notifications when there are “notable changes on their performance.”
Google Finance Is Here to Stay
It isn’t clear how many people actually use Google Finance these days. Obviously not enough for Google to have made the site a priority, but enough to keep it around. Sadly, while this redesign is an improvement, several features are disappearing in the process. Which is sure to annoy some people.
Do you regularly use Google Finance? If so, do you use it to read the latest financial news? Or to check stock prices? What do you think of the new design? Are you annoyed that Google is retiring the portfolio and historical tables? Please let us know in the comments below!
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