Google has announced that the Web chronicle of Google Finance is getting a redesign. The new stock-tracking interface will essentially live in Google Search, where a new “Finance” add-on should be popping up shortly as a hunt type. The existent google.com/finance site will shortly start redirecting to this interface, too.
Just like the stream Google Finance, you’ll get batch prices, chronological graphs, and news. A few Google Finance facilities aren’t making the cut, though, namely the portfolio facilities and the ability to download chronological data. There is still a “my stocks” underline that lets you keep an eye on favorite stocks, but there will no longer be a page for your transaction story and stream holdings.
Google has been on a redesign kick lately, having launched new versions of Google News and Google Calendar in the past 6 months. Just like those sites, the old Finance pattern has been around given 2011, when Google was in its “red and gray” pattern phase. The new pattern fits in a bit better with Google’s stream “Material Design” style, which organizes calm into rows of cards.
Google Finance has seen a lot of slight by Google over the years. The Android app was fundamentally designed in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread days (2010) and allowed to stagnate on the Play Store for 5 years before it was pulled in 2015 and never replaced. The Finance website isn’t doing much better: until this redesign, it indispensable Adobe Flash—in 2017—to draw the interactive batch charts. Flash is blocked by default in Chrome, which meant that Google’s financial site, when run on Google’s browser, popped up a “please capacitate Adobe Flash Player” summary when used.
With the new Finance redesign, it seems Google is at slightest somewhat meddlesome in its Finance territory again. The company ends the blog post with “We wish to continue to urge this knowledge in the future” and a call for feedback at the “send feedback” couple on the new Finance page.
That’s nonetheless another 2011-era “red and gray” pattern down the tubes. There aren’t that many sites left inside of Google that use the old design. The big remaining one is Gmail.