Google has just announced that it's given Images an overhaul. Placing an emphasis on speed, metadata and slick looks, image previews will now appear in an inline panel to make it easier to browse large previews.
That means that metadata will appear right next to images — handy if you're looking for a particular size of image, say — and the pics themselves will be navigable with keyboard short cuts. No more going back and forth between pages to see larger images: instead, tapping cursor buttons will let you see them from the search page. A saviour for image editors and, err, porn lovers alike.
The new UI is being rolled out to users over the next few days, so expect to see it soon. [Google]