Google Revamps Image Search

Google has revamped its image search function, updating the user interface and adding a host of new features.

Writing on the Google blog, the company said that the Google Image search will now come with an enhanced user interface that allows for up to 1,000 images to be shown on the same, scrollable page at once,

more than the 985 displayed by Bing.

The company said: "We hope they not only make it easier to search for images, but also contribute to a better aesthetic experience. We see images as a major source of inspiration, a way of connecting the world—and their growth is showing no signs of slowing down,"

Google explained that the update brings the "instant scrolling" feature to its image search, which indexes around 10 billion images, a vast increase on the 250 million images indexed when it was launched in 2001.

The instant scrolling function will allow users to view thumbnails of the photos on a single page, instead of having to move pages after every 50th image.

Google's image search will also get a hover pane, allowing users to view a larger thumbnail preview of the image when 'hovering' above the image with their cursor.