Google has rolled out a new interface for its popular image search engine. A few months ago Google released a new interface for its search engine. And now this new interface for image search, has made it much easier to use. But the question is…. Does Google try to copy Bing ?
I ask so because most of the new changes to the interface remind me of Bing’s interface. The time has gone when many search engine’s tried to copy Google. But now Google is getting the taste of Bing. Few months back they introduced the background change feature, which is totally a “Bing Thing”. OK, let us be out of controversies and see what does this new interface has got in it.
Features of the new interface
- Dense tiled layout designed to make it easy to look at lots of images at once. You can find easily, what you’re really looking for.
- Instant scrolling between pages, without letting you get lost in the images. You can now get up to 1,000 images, all in one scrolling page. And it’ll show small, unobtrusive page numbers so you don’t lose track of where you are.
- Larger thumbnail previews on the results page, designed for modern browsers and high-res screens.
- A hover pane that appears when you mouse over a given thumbnail image, giving you a larger preview, more info about the image and other image-specific features such as “Similar images.”
- Once you click on an image, you’re taken to a new landing page that displays a large image in context, with the website it’s hosted on visible right behind it. Click anywhere outside the image, and you’re right in the original page where you can learn more about the source and context.
- Optimized keyboard navigation for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting you to the info you need quickly, so you can get on with actually building that treehouse or buying those flowers.
And using Google’s sophisticated technologies they have given a new tool called the “Similiar Images” and “Similar color” which would help you to find similar images of your interest. Google has an index of over 10 billion images and you would surely get what you are looking for.
Google has also released a new ad format called Image Search Ads. These ads appear only on Google Images, and they let advertisers include a thumbnail image alongside your lines of text. Check out the Help Center for more info.
These new changes should really revive the searching experience with Google in the Google way !