Google Gives its Images Site a Refresh, with a New Emphasis on Shopping

Google has updated its Images section, featuring an improved focus on shopping, with a new side panel and more picture details…

Google has redone Images for the web, putting more emphasis on shopping. It’s a marked departure from the old user interface, with the new experience including a side panel.

Google Images Desktop Site Redesign goes Live and makes Online Shopping Easier

With the update, clicking on a photo enlarges the image (as before). But now, opens a new side panel, Google explains:

“Starting today, when you select an image, it appears in a side panel on the page, next to the search results. Importantly, it stays there as you scroll, letting you easily compare images with others on the page. Do this as many times as you want without losing track of what you looked at; just hit the back button to bring up the last image you clicked on.”

Additionally, the new site puts more focus on shopping. Now, clicking on a product image displays the brand, price, reviews, and availability:

“To help make shopping decisions easier, when you select an image of a product, you’ll now see details such as the brand, price, availability and reviews. We’ve also added captions to the related images shown under the image you’ve selected so you know where you’re going before you click.”

Google Images first launched in 2001. It’s undergone a few reworks since its debut. Last year, the company changed the interface to look more like its mobile counterpart.

Google Images side panel in action

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