New result clusters swirl into Google's image search

However, the new user interface feature is still at an experimental stage

Google is publicly testing a new image search interface whose results, when clicked on, don't take users to an external Web page but instead display the clicked-upon image at the center of a radiating cluster of similar thumbnails.

Clicking on the center image takes the user to the external Web page where it is hosted. Clicking on one of the "similar" thumbnails triggers the creation of another cluster around that thumbnail in the Google search results page.

The initial set of results, arranged in the more traditional rectangular grid format, remain on the Google page but reduced in size and moved to the side, so that users still have access to it.

Called Swirl, the new feature is still considered experimental and is thus available in Google Labs, meaning it could change significantly, become temporarily unavailable or even disappear without notice.

"Image Swirl currently works for more than 200,000 queries and we plan to include more queries in the future. Available queries will auto-complete as you start to type in the search box," wrote Aparna Chennapragada, a Google product manager, and Yushi Jing, a Google researcher, in a blog announcement on Tuesday.

Image search is an area of search technology where major progress is expected as image analysis technology advances and this type of engine relies less on text metadata and more on recognition of graphical clues to answer queries.

For example, Google's image search engine recognizes if the main element on a photo is a face, and lets users limit results to that type of image.

It can also filter results by other visual parameters, like full color and black-and-white images.

Microsoft's Bing, which also lets users do this type of search results filtering, is also testing an experimental interface called Visual Search, focused on letting people navigate image results visually.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Googlesearch enginessearchbing

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?