Google has unveiled a faster image search with a new layout to help people find images more quickly. Results are available in an inline panel, with the large main image in the center bordered by a set of smaller images at the top and bottom.
It has also become easier to see metadata about an image directly as it is displayed right underneath whereas before, users could only find this detailed information by clicking through to a separate page. Hongyi Li, Google’s associate product manager, wrote in a blog post:
Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience. In the next few days, you’ll see image results displayed in an inline panel so it’s faster, more beautiful, and more reliable. You will be able to quickly flip through a set of images by using the keyboard. If you want to go back to browsing other search results, just scroll down and pick up right where you left off.
Key information such as the title of the page hosting the image, the domain name it comes from, and the image size, is now featured much more prominently next to the image.
Also, the domain name is now clickable and a new button has been added for visiting the page the image is hosted on. This means there are now four clickable targets to the source page instead of just two, which in tests has shown an increase in the average click-through rate to the hosting site.