New Advanced Google Image Search Page

Google updated the interface of the advanced image search page to look just like the corresponding Web search page. The redesigned page is easier to use, it groups the search options and includes some of the options that were only available in the sidebar.

Here’s the old UI:

Why use the advanced search page instead of using the sidebar? Some of the options aren’t available in the sidebar: restricting the results to a filetype, finding Creative Commons images, finding images from a domain or from a country.

There’s one feature that’s no longer available in the new interface. Can you find it?

Google Image Search Lets You Find More Sizes for an Image

Google Image Search added a feature launched by Bing in March: showing more sizes for each result. If you mouse over an image, there’s a new option called “more sizes” that lets you find other versions of the same image. This is useful if you want to find higher-quality version of an image or if you want to list all the sites that include a certain image.

Most likely, Google uses the same technology that lets you find similar images, but restricts the results to images that are almost identical if you ignore the resolution or some minor editing.

A similar service is TinEye, a search engine that finds different versions of an image you upload. “TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.”

Google Image Search Bugs

The most significant Google Image Search redesign comes with many useful features and a lot of bugs.

If you type a query in Google Image Search, click on the search button, scroll the page, click on the Google logo, type another query and select the “images” option, Google scrolls to a random part of the page. For example, it could scroll to the page 57.

Another issue is that Google’s large thumbnails for PNG files are sometimes pixelated JPEGs.

Clicking on the “more” link in Google’s sidebar refreshes the page and doesn’t show additional Google services. When you go back to the results page after clicking on the results, you need to wait until Google scrolls to the right position and some of the images are loaded again. Scroll the results page, resize the browser’s window and you’ll notice that Google readjusts the images and jumps to the top of the page.

The new interface has too many bugs and should have been tested more thoroughly before being released. Google offers an option to switch to the previous version at the bottom of the page, but it’s not persistent.

{ Thanks, François Beaufort. }

Google Image Search Adds Infinite Scrolling and Shows Less Clutter

Google launched a new interface for Google Image Search which replaces pagination with infinite scrolling, hides the information about the results until you mouse over an image, shows bigger images and uses space more efficiently. When you click on a results, Google shows a larger thumbnail on top of the web page that included the image.

Google says that the new layout is more dense, you can get up to 1,000 images when you scroll and you can scroll using keyboard shortcuts like Page Down and Page Up. Google still shows page numbers “so you don’t lose track of where you are”.

Another new feature is image search ads that will replace the text ads that are displayed at the moment in Google Image Search. “This ad format combines an image with text, offering richer, more relevant advertising on Google Images search results pages.”

It’s interesting to see that Google reintroduces two features previously tested without success: image ads and a simplified interface that hides useful information about images. Infinite scrolling was one of the distinctive features of Bing Image Search and Windows Live Image Search.

Google Image Search’s new interface makes it easier to scroll through results, but I don’t think a regular user will look at hundreds of images. Google’s goal is to find relevant results, so showing too many images is overwhelming and a lot of the images aren’t useful. Hiding information about the image’s size, the domain that includes the image and no longer showing a snippet from the page is a purely aesthetic decision. Sometimes it’s useful to know if an image is large, if it’s included by a site you trust and even the filename could offer relevant information. Google offers a “show sizes” option in the sidebar, but it’s not enough.

Old interface:

New interface:


If you don’t see the new interface yet, try a different browser. Google says that only 10% of the users can see the new UI and it will be available for everyone in the coming days.

Google Tests New Image Search Interface

The unofficial blog reports that Google tests a new interface for Image Search. The experimental interface uses bigger thumbnails and no longer shows information about images. To find useful information like the size of the image or the domain that links to the image, you need to mouse over the image.

Google’s new UI is very similar to Bing Image Search’s interface. It’s not the first time when Google tries to hide image details. In 2007, Google launched an image search interface that only displayed information about a result when you hovered over an image, but a lot of users complained and the old interface has been brought back.

{ Thanks, Chen. }