Ooh! Ahh! Google Images presents a nicer way to surf the visual web

When you think about “information,” what probably comes to mind are streams of words and numbers. Google’s pretty good at organizing these types of information, but consider all the things you can’t express with words: what does it look like in the middle of a sandstorm? What are some great examples of Art Nouveau architecture? Should I consider wedding cupcakes instead of a traditional cake?

This is why we built Google Images in 2001. We realized that for many searches, the best answer wasn’t text—it was an image or a set of images. The service has grown quite a bit since then. In 2001, we indexed around 250 million images. By 2005, we had indexed over 1 billion. And today, we have an index of over 10 billion images.

It’s not just about quantity, though. Over the past decade we’ve been baking deep computer science into Google Images to make it even faster and easier for you to find precisely the right images. We not only find images for pretty much anything you type in; we can also instantly pull out images of clip art, line drawings, faces and even colors.

There’s even more sophisticated computer vision technology powering our “Similar images” tool. For example, did you know there are nine subspecies of leopards, each with a distinct pattern of spots? Google Images can recognize the difference, returning just leopards of a particular subspecies. It can tell you the name of the subspecies in a particular image—even if that image isn’t labeled—because other similar leopard images on the web are labeled with that subspecies’s name.

Source by googleblog.blogspot.com

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ananya on July 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    thanks for sharing!


  2. nice blog


  3. yeah,its really nice presentation of images


  4. google images always right!!!!


  5. It is much easier to find related images. Well done Google 🙂


  6. Posted by Jerod on July 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I love the new layout. Well done Google.


  7. Google images is really looking cooler and nicer


  8. This the reason Google rules over other search engines. Google provides the best facility to its customer .


  9. Yeah, Google Rocks!!!!!


  10. Wow…Thats really a great way to search images in Google…


  11. rely nice and help for i m find lot of this search


  12. Very clever. Never thought about surfing this way.


  13. I am not that impressed by this move…seriously !! the old one was much better and easy to use…


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