Google Similar Image Search Fresh Out of Google Labs

by Klaus on October 29, 2009

in Google, Tech News

similar_images_logo_lgA new feature from Google Labs was just released and is now available to the public, it’s called Similar Images.

At first it works just like regular Google image search, but when you click “similar images” on an image, you will see..… *drum roll*… similar images!

For instance, an initial image search for “apple” will give you different images such as the Apple logo, apple the fruit and other Apple related stuff:


Now click on “similar images” on one of them and it will only display similar images, like these two examples:

google_similar_images_apple_logo google_similar_images_apple_old_logo
Or you could do an initial image search for “fox” and pick similar images on one of them, and see what happens.

Similar Images is still hosted at Google Labs so you will need to find it at


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Tom - October 29, 2009 at 23:03

That is incredible! How do they do stuff like this without looking at every picture individually?
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Klaus @ TechPatio October 30, 2009 at 11:10

I would imagine they look at the pixels inside the picture to determine how “similar” they are – maybe the same way iPhoto can recognise faces (and I think Google Picassa can do that too).
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