Google+ users will now be able to search through their photos more easily, thanks to an update that Google rolled out today that connects the social layer to the search bar and enhances the process with a new technology that recognizes pictures by their contents instead of their captions or tags.
After signing in on Google+, users can type “my photos” and a few keywords into Google.com or directly on Google+ to find pictures from their own albums or those of their friends.
“To make computers do the hard work for you, we’ve also begun using computer vision and machine learning to help recognize more general concepts in your photos such as sunsets, food and flowers,” wrote product manager Matthew Kulick.
Our quick search for “flower” pulled up a photo of a wedding bouquet that did not include the keyword in the caption or in the file name. Google’s example is shown below.
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