Google Account gets redesigned, makes it easier to control settings
Google has redesigned its Google Account hub on Android to make the interface simpler and more intuitive. It's now easier for users to navigate through the settings and review what data Google has on them. The page includes personal info, connected devices, payment methods, purchase history, and subscriptions, among other things. The revamped look will come to the web and iOS "later this year."
Want to review or change a setting? Search for it
The most notable change on Google Account is the addition of a search bar. Users can now quickly search the settings or account details they are looking for without having to know how to get there from the main account landing page. The new search functionality will become especially handy when locating specific info like "how to change a password."
The update makes security and privacy options more prominent
Google Account has made it easier for users to access the company's privacy and security checkup pages, which in themselves have become more streamlined. Further, if Google thinks you can improve your account security or should check on a potential security threat, it will show "prominent notices" of the same on the main account landing page itself.
Google Account hub is visited by 20 million people daily
"We've made all privacy options easy to review with our new intuitive, user-tested design. You can now easily find your activity controls in the Data & Personalization tab and choose what types of activity data are saved in your account," product manager Jan Hannemann said.
The buzz around online security and privacy
After the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, tech giants have been rethinking their approach towards user security and privacy. Further, in compliance with European data privacy law GDPR, companies like Google are making its privacy policies clearer and providing more detail and explanations for the same.