Google Labs lately announced two new products which will go into direct competition with many “innovative” startups.
One comes with no big surprise:
Google News Timeline presents search results from a wide range of sources. You can search and browse results from Google News, including headlines, quotes, photos from our Hosted News partners, and YouTube partner videos. You can also search for thousands of archival newspapers and magazines from Google News Archive Search and Google Book Search.
the second one i barely expected from google so quick. Since a lot of startups working already on the similar-image-search (some in the ecommerce industry, some based on social media – like facebook etc). But google made it, once again, and enters into the highly competitive sector of image search:
Image Search is a tool you can use to find just about any kind of image, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right image if you can’t describe it in words. The new Similar Images feature was developed with just this in mind. Using it you can now find images that look like an existing result simply by clicking on a link. Using visual similarity, you don’t have to refine the text of your search, instead, you can just click on the link of an image you like
Once again google has shown with his “20% time” rule working quite well!