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Google Images Gets ‘Swipe to Visit’ for Mobile Web Searches, Uses AMP to Quickly Load Source Page

Swipe to Visit uses AMP’s prerender capability to quickly load a webpage from an image search.

Google Images Gets ‘Swipe to Visit’ for Mobile Web Searches, Uses AMP to Quickly Load Source Page

Google’s image search is a popular feature of the search engine

  • Image searches on Google will now have a new Swipe to Visit feature
  • This will let users quickly visit the web page where the image is from
  • It uses Google’s AMP and only works on mobile web searches

Image searches are a popular feature of Google's search engine, letting users specifically find images related to the topic they're searching for, rather than site results. Google is now improving the experience by adding a new feature called ‘Swipe to Visit', which will allow users to quickly visit the webpage where the image was sourced from for the search. The feature relies on Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) program, which online publishers can use to allow their pages to quickly load on mobile browsers.

The announcement has been detailed in a blog post by Google, and comes soon after the feature was first previewed at Google I/O this year. The feature is now rolling out for mobile Web searches, and is meant to make the browsing experience smoother for users by allowing them to quickly visit webpages linked to specific image searches.

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After the user selects a specific image from a search when using a mobile device, they will get a preview at the bottom of the screen for the website where the image was sourced. Swiping up on this preview will instantly load the page. In order for this functionality to work, the page must be optimised for AMP, which then uses its prerender capability to quickly load. Naturally, the functionality will only work with pages from publishers that support AMP.

When a user swipes to visit the page, it will count as a page visit for the publisher. The ease of visiting the page is likely to make browsing multiple images and pages easier for users, and will also benefit publishers that are able to take advantage of the functionality. If a page isn't AMP-optimised, the page can still be loaded normally by clicking on the link below the image from the search. The feature will start rolling out today, and should be available to everyone for mobile Web searches in the coming weeks.


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Ali Pardiwala
Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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