Google Launches Voice Search for Desktop, Search by Image
Google launches Voice Search for the desktop and Search by Image at its Inside Search event June 14. Learn how they work here.Many of the features Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) rolled out at its Inside Search event June 14 were built around delivering end users speed and/or efficiency. Google Voice Search for the desktop and Google Search by Image on the desktop were certainly intended to provide the latter, both borrowing from innovation the search engine cultivated first on mobile phones.
Taking a page out of Google's Voice Search for mobile phones, the Voice Search feature adds an icon to the desktop version of Google.com. When users click it, they can speak into their computer microphone to conduct searches.
"The technology behind Search by Image analyzes your image to find its most distinctive points, lines and textures and creates a mathematical model. We match that model against billions of images in our index, and page analysis helps us derive a best guess text description of your image. Search by Image technology also includes the ability to match against images on the Web so that we can show you similar images and webpages that contain your image."Users must place images in the search box on Google's images.google.com Website. To do this, users may click the camera icon in the search box and upload a photo from their computer, paste the URL of an image from the Web, or drag and drop pictures from Web pages or their computer into the search box. Finally, Google has created Chrome and Firefox extensions to let users search images from their computer with a single click. The Chrome and Firefox extensions are available for download now, but won't work until Search by Image is rolled out in most countries over the next couple of days. These innovations might not be earth shattering, but they could certainly help Google maintain its massive search share versus Yahoo and innovative smaller rivals such as Bing.