It is really amazing to note that the smart fellows from Google Search are watching the competitors closely. Today, Google has posed about a sequence of smaller but valuable pinch about the Image Search in Google. The Image Search feature in Google came into existence in the year 2001 with only 250 million pictures and now by the year 2010, it has crossed 10 billion.
Few of the latest functions are originally got from (3rd place) Bing Search from Microsoft, which was released in the year May 2009. From the time of its existence it has made an effort to out smart Google Search.
The new update (Bing like update) to the Google Search is referred to as “instant scrolling”. The Google Image Search will now work in a new way. Before, we can view the thumbnails of the images and if we want to see more results, we will have to click the see more at the bottom. But from now, the result images will get aligned continuously one by one down at once and you only have to scroll down to view the entire results. This is the feature which is actually present in Bing and was found in Live Search of Microsoft also.)
When considering the number of results displayed in a single page, Google has outnumbered Bing. Bing’s auto scroll feature was able to display only 985 results, whereas Google Image Search would display 100 results in a single page.
There is yet another upgrade for the Google Image Search which resembles of the Bing’g feature is, a hover plane that would appear whenever you place the cursor up on a thumbnail. Google has outscored Bing here as well. Bing can display only the details like file size and resolution, but Google would display the image in a bigger preview.
The Google Image Search has got the “densely titled layout” which holds lot of thumbnails in a single page. The same feature is available in the Bing also, where you can maximise or minimise the images.
At present, not all the features are running. Google will soon release them one by one in the future.
The additional upgrade is the bigger thumbnail preview, which will be suitable for Higher Resolution display and supports the keyboard navigations as well. For example: With the help of Page Down / Page UP keys, you can run through the pages faster.
Another new feature is when you click an image, it will take you to a “target page”, where the image is displayed in a larger manner and the website that has got this image would appear behind it.
Image Search Ads is a new feature that is made especially for advertisers. Now advertisers can post their ad images beside the text lines. This is expected to come now or in the future.
Google has succeeded by upgrading its Image Search, thanks to Bing. Competition always results in society’s benefits.
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