Talk to your browser! Voice search included in latest Chrome update

May 22, 2013
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Google Voice Search for Chrome

At Google I/O, we all marveled at Google Now’s new voice search feature. With that function, the line was blurring between our mobile device and desktop computer. We were seeing the genesis of complete cohesion, and a disregard for platform.

Functionality is the order of the day, and with the latest Chrome update we get more of it. Searching by voice is included in the latest stable version of the Chrome browser, which is version 27. As you see in the picture above, there will be a little microphone in the search bar. Simply click on it, tell Google Now what’s on your mind, and get some results.

For all the talk of a Chrome-Android merger, and just what that would mean moving forward, it looks like we have a glimpse. We’ve long proposed that both platforms have some functionality that can (and should) be shared, and voice search is one of them. Most computers have a microphone, just like your smartphone. Both search the same place for information, so it was really a matter of sharing a little code.

If you’re not sure about which version of Chrome you’re running, or need to upgrade, go to ‘Settings’ in the browser and click on ‘Help’. It will do a little search for which version you’re on, and if you need an upgrade. If you do, it will prompt you to restart your session. If you don’t, go ask Google some fun questions and let us know what answers you get in the comments section below!

Comments

  • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

    More stuff Apple has already been doing for years.

    • slut

      And unfortunately it does not work well, just like Apples voice search. A million times better than Samsung voice search but still not good enough to be useful, to often you realize you wasted time with voice and in the end had to type it manually after all.

  • Michael_Smith69

    Um.. Can’t you do this already? On my Samsung note 2 there is a little microphone on the keyboard that essentally does the same thing.

    • lil bit

      you left out some info there. Please include the part where you mention it does not work. I bought a note2 at launch, i know you are all just pretending the features are useful, because they are not. Even the simple features, like camera voice control, it works only once per session, so im telling you guys, when someone talk about note2 features just smile and try to get away, people in selfdelusional denial could have other mental issues that makes them unsafe to be around.

      • sumedh kumar

        A good reply ;-)

      • Michael_Smith69

        maybe you’re just a mush mouth and that’s why doesn’t understand you

  • Paul Smith

    Im running icecream sandwich with the standard browser on the first galaxy note, i asked what is redhill doctors surgery ph no, it spoke back the number and gave me a map! i thought this was only on chrome browsers or google now! with jellybean