Although the Chrome browser has had voice-powered search for a while now, today Google is bringing hands-free Google voice search over to the PC, courtesy of a brand new Chrome extension. Using the extension, searching by voice is now as easy as saying “Ok Google”.
Considering that Thanksgiving is just days away, Google is heavily promoting hands-free search as a useful kitchen tool for converting measurements, setting timers and even comparing ingredients.
So how well does the functionality actually work? Spending about ten minutes messing around with it, I can confirm that it performs rather well, but it’s important to note that there’s a pretty big limitation here: the hands-free functionality only works when your browser is on Google’s homepage or in an already launched Google search window.
Still, while we’d love to see true hands-free search anywhere within the Chrome browser, this is certainly a big step in the right direction.
To get the extension, you simply need to download it from the Chrome web store. Keep in mind that the extension is currently only available to English language users in the United States.
What do you think, is this just the beginning for hands-free search on the PC? Would you like to see a future version of Chrome with browser-wide support for voice search?