Google revamp its image search, focuses on speed and metadata

Thursday, January 24, 2013
The picture display how the new look will be, upgraded image search will offer detailed
 information about the image right underneath the image in the search results.
New Delhi: Search giant Google has just unveiled a new look for Google Image that places a premium on metadata visibility, speed and slick looks.

After gathering feedback from both users and webmasters, Google redesigned its image search to feature relevant information right next to images and speed load times by no longer loading source pages behind selected graphics.

“It is based on feedback from both users and webmasters, company's associate product manager,”  Hongyi Li, said in a blog post adding the fact that company has redesigned Google images.

Mountain View designed the new layout with keyboard surfing in mind, to boot. The new UI isn't available across the board quite yet, but the search titan says folks will start to see the refreshed UI in the next few days.

The redesigned Google Image page will be quicker and more reliable than the current version one, the post claimed. The images will soon be displayed in an inline panel and will be accompanied by the associated metadata and key information.

“Users ‘will be able to quickly flip through a set of images by using the keyboard. If you want to go back to browsing other search results, just scroll down and pick up right where you left off, “, Hongyi Li said in the post on the official Google Webmaster blog.

If blog’s post to be believed, important information about any particular image, such as its size, name of the domain hosting it and title of host page, will appear next to the image.

Moreover, the domain name will become clickable once the redesigned image search goes live. He also said, "We also added a new button to visit the page the image is hosted on. This means that there are now four clickable targets to the source page instead of just two."

With this update, Google has done away with the policy of loading the source page of an image in an iframe, which optimises the user experience. This update will bring Google Images for desktops closer to its tablet counterpart.
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