Google Trends among other things, now has a new homepage, that shows you more interesting stuff up front, and the search box is always available at the top. The new Trends homepage also shows a list of today's Hot Searches. Enter search terms at the top to see search interest over time and by geography.
In addition, today Google added a new "Top Charts" option that shows the most-searched people, places and things in more than 40 categories, from movies to sports teams to tourist attractions.
""Top Charts" is built on the Knowledge Graph, so the data shows interest in real-world things, not just keywords. It lists real-world people, places and things ranked by search interest. They show information similar to our Year-End Zeitgeist, but updated monthly and going back to 2004. To check them out, go to Google Trends and click "Top Charts" on the left-hand side," informs Google.
"That way you see which topics are most popular on Google Search, however people search for them. Top Charts provide our most accurate search volume rankings, but no algorithm is perfect, so on rare occasion you may find anomalies in the data."
In addition to Top Charts, "Hot Searches" on google.com search results now appear in "hot new colors" offering a new vibrant to visualize trending searches as they happen. "On the Trends homepage in the left-hand panel, you'll find a new link to "Visualize Hot Searches in full-screen"," google writes.
"You can customize the layout by clicking the icon in the upper-left corner and expanding it to see as many as 25 searches at a time. You can also pick any region currently supported by Hot Searches. Use fullscreen mode in your browser for the biggest, purest eye candy," explains Google.
Below you'll find new colorful visualization of real-time Hot Searches:
Google today added new image recognition features to + Photo search. Google first this advanced image search feature powered by Goggles that recognizes objects and uses OCR technology to extract text to Google Drive last year.
The new image recognition feature also works for the images you've uploaded to Picasa Web Albums/Google+ Photos or the images uploaded by your circles.
Google+: search for [sunflower], click "More", restrict the results to "Photos" and select "Most recent". You'll find sunflower images from Google+ posts that don't even include "sunflower", not even in the image filename.