Monday 20 November 2017

Google launches new image search

Google’s index now contains 10 billion images, and this week the company launches a new way to search them

Matt Warman

Google Image Search is to be changed to include live enlargement of images as users hover their mouse over them, a denser layour of images of varying sizes and better navigation.

The page displayed when users click on an image will also be updated to take users to the picture’s original location more quickly.

Writing on the company blog, Google Images’s product manager Nate Smith also announced that some adverts would now be allowed to include thumbnail pictures when running in Image Search.

“We built Google Images in 2001,” Smith writes. “We realised that for many searches, the best answer wasn’t text—it was an image or a set of images."

"The service has grown quite a bit since then. In 2001, we indexed around 250 million images. By 2005, we had indexed over 1 billion. And today, we have an index of over 10 billion images.”

The upgrades to Image Search will be released worldwide over the coming days.

Smith also promised that “Google Images [will] evolve to keep up” with explosive growth.

Marissa Mayer, the companies Vice President of Search, told the BBC that more than a billion image searches are now carried out each day.

"This represents the largest image search engine by far," she said.

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