Google is no stranger to testing new features or design tweaks on its live products, and search has been receiving quite a bit of attention lately. It doesn't necessarily come as a surprise, then, to see new design tweaks appearing for some users in Google's image search results.

The new design, which so far appears to be in very limited testing, offers a brighter layout for individual images - the background is a light #eeeeee as opposed to the solid black seen in its current iteration, and there's a relocated "close" button along with a new way to show image details.

In the current layout (as you'll see below), details are behind an overflow button. In the new layouts, they exist on a simple sliding sheet that comes up from the bottom of the screen.

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The sheet provides links to the source site and the original image as usual, but it also shows "related images," a feature that's been present in Google's desktop image results for quite a while now.


A video made by tipster Ojas and posted in the comments below shows off the new design in motion, revealing a nice "stacked" effect when scrolling through images horizontally.

As with any design-in-testing, we can't say for sure when or if this will make it to all users, but from what we've seen so far, it looks pretty good.

  • Thanks:
  • Ojas