Google and Microsoft Image Search by Content

Image search is going to an era of search-by-content (such as color, shape, texture, style, objects, etc) instead of search-by-text-context, as described in one of our previous posts, Visual Search Engines: The Future Seach Engines. Following Microsoft’s release of image search by content (color, style (illustration or photograph), or face) at the beginning of this month, Google today also announced their image search product by style (Clip art, Line drawings, and Photo content). I am happy to see more and more computer vision technologies are used in leading search engines.  

The figure above is the Google image search results of “Apple” by different styles. The figure below is returned from the same search using Microsoft image search by different styles.

It seems the next step for Google and Microsoft image search is to allow users to upload pictures for search as what like.com or Tineye does.

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