Companies such as Google and Pinterest allow users to search for items using photos. This means that if you see something you like in real-life, or an image on the web for an item of clothing that you want to buy, you can search using a photo or an image from the web. Unfortunately such functionality was not available on eBay, at least until now.

eBay has launched two new visual search features in the form of Image Search and Find It On eBay. The former basically lets users take photos of objects in real-life and use it to search for similar items on eBay. The latter feature will allow users to share URLs from websites with eBay and it will attempt to find for items that are similar to what you’ve just shared.

According to eBay, “To help people solve the challenge of spending hours scouring stores or the web for certain items, eBay applied artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. These technologies are already embedded across the eBay experience making the Marketplace’s vast product catalog easily searchable. As people continue to use eBay Image Search, eBay will be able to surface even richer results and filtering – from new, nearly new and used items.”

These new features are expected to be launched this coming fall, with Image Search being supported via the eBay app on iOS and Android, while Find It On eBay will only be available on Android at the time of launch.

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