Just a day after a completely redesigned Yahoo Image and Video Search experience came out, Bing has announced their own new Image Search, complete with larger thumbnails, hover-over previews, search filters, search suggestions, and trending searches.
Image searches account for 7 percent of all Bing searches. Now the experience is more immersive, beautiful, and fun, according to the Bing Multimedia Team Program Manager, Jon Noronha.
A small icon depicting three squares of different sizes allows users to find different sizes of any given image. Once on the sizes page, users can hover to see a larger preview as well as the URL where the image is hosted. Choosing a picture and clicking through allows users to preview the entire page it came from (see details below).
Clicking on an image from this page takes users to a second preview pages, with different image sizes arranged in a horizontal bar across the top of the page. A warning box lets users know that selecting an image will take them away from Bing and to the site at which the image is hosted.
Bing Image Search Filters
Users can filter Image Search results by the following parameters:
- Size: All, Small, Medium, Large, Wallpaper (default)
- Color: All, Black & White, Color Only, or choose specific tones
- Type: All, Photograph, Clipart, or Line drawing
- Layout: All, Square, Wide, or Tall
- People: All, Just Faces, or Head & Shoulders
Filters can be combined to drill down to specific image types, and reset, as necessary. SafeSearch controls still appear in the top right and can be used to set Strict or Moderate search safety levels on Image Search.
Other Image Search Page Features
Related searches are suggestions that appear in a vertical right sidebar, as thumbnail images with the query in text beside them. Users can also link to See All Trending Searches (which is also the default view for the Bing.com/Images home page, as seen above) from the bottom of this list.
Below Related Searches, users can view their search history, which can also be cleared or turned off from this area.
At the bottom of the page, users can find links to Privacy & Cookies, Legal, Advertise, About Our Ads, Help, and Feedback, but infinite scrolling means they move down the page too fast to actually catch them and click on them.
The infinite scrolling issue corrects itself once users click through to an image. On the actual image page, users can preview the entire page on which the image is hosted before clicking through, as seen above.
Image Search Latest Component in Bing Redesign
“We hope the new look will entertain, inspire, and inform you about the world," Naronha wrote in the blog post announcement. "Give it a spin, and then come back to see all the new features,” which seems to indicate more changes are in the works.
The Image Search redesign is the latest is a number of aesthetic changes at Bing. On May 2nd, they launched their new, simplified search results page layout. Shortly after, Bing introduced a new three-column layout, with snapshots and a social sidebar.
The new Image Search didn’t revive Visual Search, which Bing began phasing out last fall.