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Google Adds Captions to Images Search Results

Starting week of March 14, users can now get more useful information when they search images as Google is adding new captions feature to thumbnails in its Image search results.

This feature will provide better visual discovery with more context on the image results page. “By adding more context around images, results can become much more useful,” Google wrote.

Captions om images will consist of the page title where the image is published, and can be optimized by modifying just the title tags.

With this launch the Images Search results continue to evolve as the new feature join already added features, such as badges, related searches box, and the website’s domain URL that show you where the image is coming from.

In addition, Google also recently removed a couple of features, including: “view image” and “search by image” buttons from the search results. An example image shown below display the caption below the the image and above page URL:

captions on google image search results Google explain in the example above, “the image results give you visual confirmation that you found the right fruit, but captions make results instantly more useful with additional context.” For instance, “you can learn that this fruit is called carambola or starfruit, and that it’s popular in China.”

Additionally, this also helps to choose the result page to click and explore further. Image captions feature is rolling out globally this week and will be available on Google app for Android and iOS, as well as on mobile browsers.

While on iOS, Google is also introducing today it’s digital Assistant on iPad. Google Assistant on iPad can do everything as the Assistant on iPhone can do, below are some features highlights of how Assistant can help on an iPad:

  • Set the mood by having the Assistant “dim the lights”
  • Cast to your TV by asking the Assistant to “watch the latest news on the living room TV”
  • Stay in touch by asking the Assistant to “video call mom” or “text Lauren”
  • Keep up with your chores by asking the Assistant to “remind me to take out the recycling at 8 PM”

Also, with Assistant on iPad, you can do multitasking with iOS 11. The Assistant on iPad rolls out today to all English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish users.

google assistant on ipad

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