Bing Claims Image Search Superiority Over Google
An extensive new post on the Bing Search Quality Insights Blogs gives readers a long list of reasons why Bing’s image search works better than Google’s – at least according to Bing, that is. But is it really better, especially given that so many choose to use Google while ignoring Bing?
While a cursory reading of Bing’s list is certainly convincing, at the end of the day all that matters is what you prefer and what delivers results most relevant to your query. But if you haven’t tried Bing’s image search yet, now might be a good time to give it a shot.
Bing Image Search: An Eye on Quality
The Bing blog post’s primary point is that Bing image search simply understands what you want better than Google. The company says they do a better job of prioritizing high-quality, professional images over amateur ones. If free, amateur photos are what you’re after, Bing also allows you to filter your results according to their licensing. They also say they use better algorithms for understanding colors, as well as objects within a photo.
Bing also says their image search functionality gives you more control over your results. You can modify your search to see only faces, only full bodies, or somewhere in between, such as face-and-shoulder shots. If you prefer to see maps, artistic renderings, clip art, or just photos, you can easily apply those filters as well. Filters such as size, layout, and date posted are also available.
Finally, Bing claims to offer a better image search user experience than their rivals at Google. They say their images present better on mobile devices because they’re cropped appropriately without losing important areas of the image. They also display sharper thumbnail images, making it easier to see what kind of quality you can expect from the actual image.
Are you convinced? Will you try Bing image search for yourself if you haven’t already? No matter what Bing does to try and best Google, can you picture the current search king being dethroned in the foreseeable future? Let us know in the comments below.