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Google Images Gets A New Look!

Posted by madhavkobal on 24/07/2010

Google has redesigned its popular image search service, adding a series of tweaks to make it easy to look at more images at once. Launched in 2001, the service has grown quite a bit, from a tiny index of some 250 million images to more than 10 billion today. The new interface displays up to 1,000 images on a single scrollable page.

“The quantity and variety of images on the Web has ballooned since 2001, and images have become one of the most popular types of content people search for. So over the next few days we’re rolling out an update to Google Images to match the scope and beauty of this fast-growing visual Web, and to bring to the surface some of the powerful technology behind Images,” Google explains in a blog post.

Here’s what’s new in the refreshed design of Google Images:
• Dense tiled layout designed to make it easy to look at lots of images at once.
• Instant scrolling between pages, without letting you get lost in the images. You can now get up to 1,000 images, all in one scrolling page. Google’ll show small, unobtrusive page numbers so you don’t lose track of where you are.
• Larger thumbnail previews on the results page, designed for modern browsers and high-res screens.
• A hover pane that appears when you mouse over a given thumbnail image, giving you a larger preview, more info about the image and other image-specific features such as “Similar images.”
• Once you click on an image, you’re taken to a new landing page that displays a large image in context, with the website it’s hosted on visible right behind it. Click anywhere outside the image, and you’re right in the original page where you can learn more about the source and context.
• Optimised keyboard navigation for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard Web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up/Page Down. It’s all about getting you to the info you need quickly, so you can get on with actually building that treehouse or buying those flowers.

Google further adds, “These upgrades are rolling out in most of our local interfaces worldwide over the next few days. We hope they not only make it easier to search for images, but also contribute to a better aesthetic experience.”

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