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Google Improving Image Search Speed, Reliability

Google has announced that it's revamping its image search to make it faster and more reliable, with the company reducing the clicks required in an image search.

Users will soon be able to simultaneously view images and image information while searching for photos, illustrations and graphics.

"Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience," said Google Images Associate Product Manager Hongyi Li. "In the next few days, you'll see image results displayed in an inline panel so it's faster, more beautiful, and more reliable."

Currently, users viewing images will see large thumbnail images. Should they wish to to know more about the image, they have to hover their mouse over it and subsequently click to obtain more information.

With Google's enhanced image search, however, users will be able to view a display of smaller images with one central image that is enlarged, which is also joined by image information.

"You will be able to quickly flip through a set of images by using the keyboard," Li added . "If you want to go back to browsing other search results, just scroll down and pick up right where you left off."

As explained by Li, some of the changes set to be introduced to Google Images are:

  • We now display detailed information about the image (the metadata) right underneath the image in the search results, instead of redirecting users to a separate landing page.
  • We're featuring some key information much more prominently next to the image: the title of the page hosting the image, the domain name it comes from, and the image size.
  • The domain name is now clickable, and we also added a new button to visit the page the image is hosted on.
  • The source page will no longer load up in an iframe in the background of the image detail view. This speeds up the experience for users, reduces the load on the source website's servers, and improves the accuracy of webmaster metrics such as pageviews.


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  • virtualban
    It is not live yet. I had to test it, using "boobs" as keyword.
  • happyballz
    Maybe they should focus on making their text searches better. I usually get pages of trash that is irrelevant to what I was searching for now a days.
  • hydac7
    I hate the new image search , Give me back the old one this takes up more clicks
  • Pherule
    "New" sounds great and all, but how much bandwidth will it use in comparison? Will it give an indication of how many KB an image is before you click the thumbnail? I still use the old Google images search and I don't plan on changing anytime soon, because it gives me these details.

    For those who want to know how to use the old search, simply append &sout=1 to the end of your Google image results URL.

    You also get various browser addons and userscripts that force the old style automatically. and Mozilla's addon depository are good places to start. Swiss Knife extension for Opera.

    Chrome can go and suck a rock. Let the botnet die.