Google launches its own reverse image search

Google has recently launched a new feature as part of their image search engine in which the user can link or upload a picture to find where else it is used on the internet. The specific term for this is reverse image search, which has been the purpose of the popular TinEye website for several years.

To use the new feature, simply go to Google's main image search webpage and click the camera icon towards the left of the search bar. Clicking this will bring up a small popup box in which you have the option of linking to an image or uploading one from your personal computing device. Google has a promotional webpage up which explains a little more about the process, including a link to a Chrome/Firefox extension.

After comparing several image searches on both sites, Google's results came out on top each time, often by having a much larger collection of results to choose from. If you're searching for a larger resolution image than what you currently have, a feature such as this can be very useful to being more productive.

With Google now finally introducing this feature that some have been calling for, it raises the question of whether this will stomp out the competition, which is primarily TinEye at the moment. Google has managed to integrate the new feature seamlessly as though it was a normal search and because it's by far the largest internet search engine, it will most probably provide a better selection of results. Does this mean the end of TinEye amongst other reverse image search sites?

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From the article:

"To use the new feature, simply go to Google's main image search webpage and click the camera icon towards the left of the search bar."

Umm...shouldn't that read that the camera icon is towards the *right* of the search bar?

Why the need for another freaking 'plugin/extension'?

There is a sitting HTML5 media standard for video and camera input, is Google now just going to ignore everything standard or in process of becoming a standard?

At the very least there is Silverlight and Flash that have this functionality, they could tap their 'Flash' capabilities to do access the device camera as well.

What are they even thinking, or do not realize they are recreating the wheel?

Why does Google uses Mac to showcase new features when most people use Windows?( doesn't matter, but still?)
And why not use Chrome OS?

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

how in the world does it get "super mario tattoo" from that?

Yeah, their algorithm needs some refinement, clearly.

It's like Picasa's face matching. At it's default setting, it's pretty sucky.

But slide it up to 85% and it's BRILLIANT.

Buttus said,
doh! plugin not compatible with FF 5.0... =(

hehe, was thinking the same.. Guess we have to wait a little while before it's also compatible with FF5

Svggarden said,
I just hope they are ready to pay TinEye for copying them
http://www.tineye.com/

I thought it was a direct copy at first but it's not. Tineye searches for identical images and you only get results that are either identical, larger or uncropped versions of the source image. Googles version actually seems to scan the content and make pretty good estimates of said content. I even tried with a picture of my dog from a weird angle and it brought up similar breeds/dogs

Svggarden said,
I just hope they are ready to pay TinEye for copying them
http://www.tineye.com/
We know about Tinyeye already...
"The specific term for this is reverse image search, which has been the purpose of the popular TinEye website for several years."

Hollow.Droid said,

I thought it was a direct copy at first but it's not. Tineye searches for identical images and you only get results that are either identical, larger or uncropped versions of the source image. Googles version actually seems to scan the content and make pretty good estimates of said content. I even tried with a picture of my dog from a weird angle and it brought up similar breeds/dogs

True. I uploaded a pictures of my Windows laptop with the Windows logo as the desktop background and the results showed me stuff about Windows 7 (all the OS packages) and models of my own laptop. This thing is freaking awesome.

I tested both last night and Tineye.com was the only one that actually found the information (the name of a person seen in the image) by returning many more direct results than the Google reverse image search did.

So it looks to me as though Google still has some refining to do, or perhaps their database is still processing in the background and therefore doesn't have as many results as Tineye does.

That was very surprising to me, but I welcome the competition. Just think, a few months ago, NOBODY had this obvious and much needed feature. 8)

Xerax said,
Finding that pornstar's name will never be hard again

But the final results could have things ending up that way

Xerax said,
About time

About time this was posted. It's been like this for a week or two already, unless I just got an early preview and didn't realize it.

Also, it seems it's just a desktop web version of the same technology used in Google Goggles.

AJerman said,

About time this was posted. It's been like this for a week or two already, unless I just got an early preview and didn't realize it.

Also, it seems it's just a desktop web version of the same technology used in Google Goggles.

They normally select random users to preview updates. Bing do the same.