Detailed within a post on the official Google Chrome blog, the Chrome development team has rolled out a new feature in Chrome 30 for desktop users that allows users to search the Web using an image rather than using text. Within Chrome 30, the user right clicks on an image and selects “Search Google For This Image” in the drop down menu. Located on the search listing page, Google displays other pages that use the same image around the Web as well as sites that are related to the subject matter of the image. This could be particularly useful for identifying locations when the locale isn’t mentioned on the page where the image is located.
In addition to the new search by image feature on the desktop, Android smartphone and tablet users will now be able to utilize gestures to navigate the mobile version of Chrome more efficiently. For instance, swiping to the left or right along the top toolbar will allow users to switch between open tabs in Chrome. Dragging your finger down from the top of the screen will bring up the tab switcher view and items can be selected within the Chrome menu without lifting the finger off the touchscreen.
Beyond these core improvements, approximately fifty vulnerabilities were fixed within the desktop version of Chrome 30 and Google paid out $15,000 to developers that discovered these issues. There were also a handful of stability and performance enhancements made to both the desktop and mobile version of Chrome. Updates to the desktop version of Chrome and the mobile version are expected to gradually roll out to users over the next few days. To force the update on the desktop, users can click on “About Google Chrome” within the Chrome menu system in order to download and install the new version of the Web browser.