“Ok Google” Feature Comes To The Chrome Browser

Last week, we covered a story about a new app launcher in the Chrome operating system that gave Chromebook users the same voice-powered functionality found in the latest version of Android – version 4.4 or KitKat. This week, Google has introduced this feature to another popular product of the company – Google’s Chrome browser…

Last week, we covered a story about a new app launcher in the Chrome operating system that gave Chromebook users the same voice-powered functionality found in the latest version of Android – version 4.4 or KitKat.

This week, Google has introduced this feature to another popular product of the company – Google’s Chrome browser. The new feature, which is actually a Chrome extension was announced yesterday on the company’s Google+ page (via 9to5Google) and is now available for download to Chrome browser users who are using the US English language.

Although the browser had previously had the functionality to perform searches and basic actions with the use of voice commands, users had to click a button before accessing this ability. With the extension, users who are on Google’s search page or opened a new window or tab simply needs to say “Ok Google” to initialise a search or a command.

The feature is quite entertaining and marginally useful. But more than just for fun, the feature is a clear indication on what the future of voice guided technology will be.

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