Pinterest now has to watch out its unexpected latest competition – Google. The tech giant has just launched a new feature on its search engine that give users an incredibly easy way to save images they find to collections they can reference at a later time.
With this latest recommend, you could save everything from the hairstyle examples to show your stylist to snow destination to have an amazing winter trip. After finding a picture you like, all you have to do is click on it, star it, and then the photo will be saved to your collections so the next time you need it — like at the stylist — you won’t need to search again.
Of course, a Pinterest-like feature shares a lot of similarities to “inspirational” content that Pinterest users often collect and pin their many boards on the service.
Google has just launched a new feature on its search engine to help users save images
It is predicted that the search engine will provide this feature in pair with Collections which launched for Google+ earlier this year, at a later date. Collections lets users dedicate a Google+ page to the topic of their choosing, and allows people to follow it.
You need to be logged into a Google account in order to save images so that you can access them in your collections. That makes sense not only as a way to pull up your saved items from multiple devices, but also because “collections” are one of the new focus areas within Google’s revamped social efforts on Google+.
Once you looking for “bob hairstyle,” the search app will offter narrower filters you can choose from, like “short,” and “blonde.” Once you choose a picture, hit the star icon and it gets saved to your Google account.
When you have starred some images, you can keep them organized in folders: to add an image to a folder of similar items, tap the pencil shaped edit icon. Create a grouping such as ‘haircuts for the winter’ or ‘snowman ideas’ and your image will be added to a folder with similar ones,” said Diego Accame, a Google software engineer claimed.
When you have starred some images, you can keep them organized in folders
To find your saved images, just touch the “view saved” – floating button at the bottom-right of the screen provides access to all your saved images, which are still online, not downloaded to your device. Oddly, you still have to go to the searched images page to see this pic. After testing it out, we couldn’t access our saved images from the Google search or images mobile site. This could be a bug or something they haven’t quite implemented yet.
As you build up saved images, you get back to the same problem of finding them. That’s where Collections fit in. You can select images and create Collections, which are essentially tags. Then you go to the collections tab to find all the matching images in one place. Just make sure you’re logged into your Google account if you’re using something other than Chrome.
In Google’s case, however, the new feature is only being made available to mobile users for the time being, especially, it is only release to those in the U.S. And it’s unclear when the search giant will make it available worldwide and if, or when, it can be used on a desktop. The feature will work across all major browsers on both iOS and Android, the company claims.