Blogs

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Archives
    Archives Contains a list of blog posts that were created previously.
  • Login
    Login Login form
31
Oct

Bing app for iOS brings image-based searching to iPhones

Posted by on in Internet Search
  • Hits: 854

Image search feature has potential to be quite useful, but needs improvement. 

Bing has updated its iPhone app to enable image-based search. The feature allows users to take a picture or use an existing image as the basis of a search. While convenient and potentially useful, it’s a bit hit-and-miss right now.

To access image search, touch the search icon on the home screen, and then the camera icon in the lower right of the following screen (pictured below). A frame around the desired image allows users to expand or narrow the scope of the image being searched. This can make a difference in recognizing the object.

iOS.png

Google introduced a similar capability (“Google Goggles”) in 2009 but shuttered it in 2014.Amazon currently allows users to search for products by image, which can be especially useful because you can then buy them immediately if desired.

In my test of the Bing feature this morning, the accuracy of visual results was mixed. I searched a range of objects in my kitchen: small appliances, books, computers, fruit, knives, shoes.

Some items were recognized and some were “misinterpreted.” The mug in the screen shot above is an example of a good result. However, a photo of running shoes that were orange and blue generated pictures of colorful arm tattoos — though when I “reframed” it, Bing found shoes.

I compared the same searches using the Amazon image search feature and found that it did about as well as Bing. It got some things right that Bing did not, and vice versa.

While I would expect this feature to come to Bing for Android, it’s not clear when that might happen. It will also be interesting to see if Google revives image search for mobile at some point.

Source : searchengineland 

Rate this blog entry:
0

Comments

airs logo

Association of Internet Research Specialists is the world's leading community for the Internet Research Specialist and provide a Unified Platform that delivers, Education, Training and Certification for Online Research.

Get Exclusive Research Tips in Your Inbox

Receive Great tips via email, enter your email to Subscribe.

Follow Us on Social Media

Book Your Seat for Webinar GET FREE REGISTRATION FOR MEMBERS ONLY      Register Now