Google Gives Mobile Users a Link to Popular Images

    January 29, 2010
    Chris Crum

Google has introduced a new feature for its mobile Image Search offering. The feature is "Popular Images," and lets Android and iPhone users browse popular images (go figure).

The Popular Images feature comes in the form of a link just under the search box on the Google Image Search page. When clicked, it brings up a categorized list of image searches and corresponding images.

Google Popular Images

"We have organized popular images across a few categories like Movies, Sports, Cars & Bikes, Music, and Cartoons," says Google’s Mobile Engineering team in a blog post on the Google Mobile blog.  "You can click on individual categories to see related images corresponding to what’s popular on Google Image Search."

The queries are categorized automatically with an algorithm, which Google says will continue to improve over time. There is a "Trends" category that shows image queries based on Google Trends.

The feature is only available in the U.S. at this point. There is no word on when this will expand to other countries.

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