Google Once Again Testing Thumbnail Images On Mobile Search

Google has been implementing a number of small and minor changes to the way in which its most prominent service, Search, operates. While most of these have been basic in nature, they do collectively offer the user a much richer experience overall. Some of those which have been noted of late, include the ability to order food directly from Search results as well as use search to send notes and reminders and even set an alarm on any of your mobile devices. Well, besides the more functional changes that have been coming in, there has also been a number more aesthetic and design changes which have been rumored to be on their way or set to arrive in the near future. In fact, one interesting feature which was rumored (although not to do with Google Search) suggests the company might be soon looking at unveiling a monthly video subscription service similar to Netflix.

Back to Search and last December some interesting reports started emerging suggesting that Google was looking to bring images to search results on mobiles. Back when the reports first began to emerge, the suggestion (well, the images) seemed to suggest that the thumbnail images would be down the right-hand side of the screen. Similar to how thumbnails are shown on mobiles when searching news reports on Google Search.

Well, the rumors have resurfaced now thanks to some new images which have been spotted and seem to further confirm that Google are still planning on implementing the new feature. However, the newest images showing how the search thumbnails will look, show the images placed down the left-hand side of the main results titles. Not to mention, the images also look somewhat larger than they did back in December. When checking on two android devices today, the  new images were being shown on one device but not the other, so if you do check your Search results, you might also see the images now being used. Either way, with the continued testing being noted again, it does seem likely that his will be a feature rolling out more widely in the coming future.

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