New Delhi: Google has now announced to redesign its image search functionality so as to make it easier for users to flip through a set of images. The new feature will allow users to browse images by using the keyboard. It will display detailed information about the image (the metadata) right underneath the image in the search results, instead of redirecting users to a separate landing page.
According to Google, users will see image results displayed in an inline panel in the next few days. If a user wants to go back to browsing other search results, he just needs to scroll down and pick up right where he left off.
"People looking for images on Google often want to browse through many images, looking both at the images and their metadata (detailed information about the images). Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience," said Google in a blogpost.
The upgraded image search will feature some key information much more prominently next to the image - the title of the page hosting the image, the domain name it comes from, and the image size.
The domain name is now clickable, and Google has 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.
Also, the source page will no longer load up in an iframe in the background of the image detail view. This in turn will speed up the experience for users, reduces the load on the source website's servers, and improves the accuracy of webmaster metrics such as pageviews.