Google has made changes to its Accelerated Mobile Pages help guide that’s created to help marketers address their issues. The change made to the guide is pertaining to the minimum image size requirements for AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) articles.
Now, the standard size of the images to be used in AMP articles would be 1200px wide. The size is almost double the width i.e. 696px wide, the image size that Google mandated for AMP articles. In addition, the updated guidelines also show that the search engine giant changed the total pixels from 300k to 800k pixels.
Following are the major changes that Google made to its image schema:
- Only a marked-up image that directly belongs to the article should be specified
- Images should be at least 1200 pixels wide.
- Every page must contain at least one image (whether or not you include markup). Google will pick the best image to display in Search results based on the aspect ratio and resolution.
- Image URLs must be crawlable and indexable
- Images must represent the marked up content
- Images must be in .jpg, .png, or. gif format
For best results, provide multiple high-resolution images (minimum of 800,000 pixels when multiplying width and height) with the following aspect ratios: 16×9, 4×3, and 1×1.
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These proposed changes in image schema would likely to address the concerns related to the images that sometime appear too small for the screen used to view the AMP. Many users raised the issue with Google as images in the AMP article appeared ambiguous and blurred when opened on desktop as well as larger tablets.