eBay to launch Image Search on Android and iOS
eBay is introducing two features for its mobile apps that rely on image matching
eBay, an e-commerce platform filled with over 1.1 billion listed products, is now making it easier to search for items on a smartphone with a snap of a photo.
The launch of its Image Search feature enables shoppers to upload a photo or take a snap of what they are looking for in the search bar which will prompt a list of similar products within the database. This means if a user uploads an image of a hair dryer, eBay will pull up either identical of similar products.
The second feature Find it On eBay, which is only on Android for now, will enable shoppers to share images from social media channels Facebook and Instagram, as well as the internet into eBay. This will again show results either identical or similar to what the user wants.
eBay said in a statement: "When you upload images to run Find It On eBay and Image Search, we use a deep learning model called a convolutional neural network to process the images.
"The output of the model gives us a representation of the image that we can use to compare to the images of the live listings on eBay. Then, we rank the items based on visual similarity and use our open-source Kubernetes platform to quickly bring these results to you, wherever you are in the world."
eBay is yet to confirm when the two features will officially launch but have hinted at an expected launch this fall.