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Google introduces search by image in Chrome and new gesture controls for Android app

Beginning this week, all Chrome users will have the ability to search by image, and use some new gesture controls on Android, Google announced on Tuesday.

The web giant first introduced the features in a beta release back in August. The updates will now be rolling out to all Chrome desktop and Android users over the next few days, Google said.

The latest version lets you right-click an image to use it as a Google search. When you do so, you'll see an option in the drop-down menu to "Search Google for this image." Click that and Google will offer up its "best guess" of what the image depicts, and include related links. This feature was previously only available via an extension on the desktop version of Chrome.

Meanwhile, the new gesture controls on Android should make it easier to navigate around the app by letting you swipe between tabs and into the menu. You can, for instance, quickly switch tabs by swiping horizontally left or right across the top toolbar (instead of swiping from the edge of the screen). To help you avoid accidentally interacting with page content, Google has disabled the ability to switch tabs by swiping on the actual page.

In addition, you can now easily access the tab switcher menu by simply dragging down vertically from the toolbar. You can also now open the menu by simply dragging down from it, and quickly select the item you want without even having to lift your finger.

The update comes after Google last week began rolling out a new Chrome redesign and updated New Tab page to a "small set of people" using the stable channel of Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks that have Google set as their default search engine.

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