We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Google redesigns image search for faster results

The improved image search will arrive in the next few days for all users

Google will roll out a redesigned image search tool that displays results in an inline panel. The update also promises faster image search and keyboard controls.

"Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience," Hongyi Li, an associate product manager at Google, said in a blog post. The improved image search will arrive "in the next few days" for everyone, he added.

The updated Google image search will display a large image preview and metadata inline under the search results instead or redirecting you to a separate page, so there will be less going back and forth browsing through results, especially as you will also be able to scroll through the results with keyboard controls.

In the information panel, Google will show more prominently the page title where the image is hosted, the domain name and the image size. Webmasters will also be happy to hear that the domain name in the results is now clickable along with the visit page button, basically doubling the number of clickable targets on an image result to four.

Probably the biggest improvement with Google image search will come from speedier image loading, as the source page won't load in an iframe in the background of the image detail view anymore. This should speed up the experience for users, reduce the load on the source website's servers, and help with the accuracy of webmaster metrics such as page views.

In its previous image search update, Google changed the way it handles search queries so that pornographic pictures are less likely to be shown to those who aren't looking for them.

IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad