Google Image Search gets some UI tweaks on mobile devices

One thing we can be confident about when it comes to Google is that they are almost always tweaking and changing things with their various platforms and services. A new example of this is the user interface for the Google Image Search on mobile devices. Google appears to be loosening up a bit when it comes to sticking with their Material design guidelines, adding some more color and new ways to navigate.

When one pulls up a result for a Google Image Search in the new UI, a small “X” is now floating over the image in the top left corner. Tapping that is the equivalent of using the back button to close that specific result and return to the prior page of results.

The other big change in the interface involves the buttons for several additional actions including visiting an image source web site, sharing image search results or saving the result for future reference. In the past the buttons for these actions were a dark gray and were located in a horizontal row along the bottom of the interface. Google has made these to appear more as distinct buttons with each button having rounded corners. The icons for each option are now a blue color while the text stays the same dark gray.

Sources have noted that  similar treatment for the buttons has been applied to the “watch” button when one drills down into a result that is a video. Overall text and spacing on results has also been modified in an apparent attempt to improve readability.

The changes are rolling out to both the Google app on mobile devices as well as through Chrome on on mobile devices. This gives the Image Search a consistent interface on mobile devices regardless of how one accesses the service.

source: Android Police


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