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Google revamps its image search

Google Image Search, indexing around 10 billion images, has been overhauled adding a number of features that should allow consumers to more quickly and easily find online pictures and art.

business Updated: Jul 21, 2010 10:55 IST

Google Image Search, indexing around 10 billion images, has been overhauled adding a number of features that should allow consumers to more quickly and easily find online pictures and art, media reports said.

The redesigned Google Images was unveiled to the media in a news conference on Tuesday at Google's San Francisco offices. The revamped search feature is slatted to go live to users in batches throughout the week.

Google's most notable upgrade is called "instant scrolling." Rather than view a static page of thumbnail images, and then click a link at the bottom of the page to see more, images can now be viewed as one continuous scroll.

Instead of lines of images with text, Google Image Search results now display larger thumbnails with very little text through a hover effect. Text information such as file names, file size and URL are now included when you hover over an image. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/gimage.jpg

The landing page has also been massively revamped. The familiar Google Images frames have been removed in favour of displaying a full size image on top of the destination website. Once you close the image, you are taken to the actual destination page, rather than a Google-framed website.

But there are fears that some of the changes may raise concerns among publishers as users can directly access the images without ever visiting the publisher's website.