Google unveils 'faster' image search

ANITA LI
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2013
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This post was originally published on Mashable.

Google says it has revamped its image search for faster and better results.

In the next few days, images will be displayed in an inline panel so that users can quickly flip through a set of images using their keyboard, Google announced in a blog post.

"Based on feedback from users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience," wrote Hongyi Li, Google's associate product manager.

As a result, it will be "faster, more beautiful and more reliable", he added.

With Google's updated image search, users will see one main image framed by a display of smaller images above and below.

Rather than getting sent to a separate landing page, users will see image metadata (or information) directly underneath the image. The title of the page hosting the image, the domain name it comes from and the image size will also be featured "much more prominently" next to the image, Li said.

Google Images currently shows a grid of thumbnails. Users must hover their cursor over a photo to see metadata. They must click on the image to enlarge it, and then click again to visit the host site.

For more on the changes, read Google's entire blog post here.

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