Google rolls out image search with sorting

Google images with sorting makes life easier

Google has announced that over the next week it will be rolling out updates to its image search options. In future, users will be able to attain smarter results from the search engine when hunting for images.

Previously, if a user searched for a particular subject they would be met with an unsorted array of images relating to that subject. From today, however, there will be an option on the left hand side to 'sort by subject'. This will then order all the images into groups based on similarity.

For example, if one were to search 'Manchester' and use 'Google images with sorting' the results would return images in groups such as 'Old Trafford' 'Beetham Tower' and 'Canal Street'. This tool is designed for those times when you know what you are looking for but are unsure of how to put it into words.

New algorithms increase image search relevance

Expanding on technology that was previously developed for Google Similar Images and Google Image Swirl, the new option uses algorithms that recognise relationships between images and presents them in visual groups.

Google explained "By looking at multiple sources of similarities, such as pixel values and semantic relationships, and by mining massive amounts of data, we can make meaningful connections and groupings among images".

If successful the new feature could improve uptake of the image search option and provide users with the most relevant result, faster.