Google Chrome extension brings hands-free voice search to the PC

by: James Paguyo IIINovember 26, 2013



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?

  • Brent McDonald

    It doesn’t even work when i say something, then when I actually click the button to speak it says “No internet connection” But my internet works just fine, this program is garbage, don’t waste your time.

    • Dan

      Please do not be so ignorant and make a generalization about a program just because it does not work for you personally…

      You found a bug or glitch, congratulations – maybe you should report it to a developer rather than say the “program is garbage.”

      I wonder how much more developed humanity would be without people as ignorant as you.

  • ziplock9000

    No, it brings it to US only PCs. What about the people who invented the language?

    • Vorastra

      Uh, Im from South Africa and it’s working fine…

      • ziplock9000

        Do you have your PC set to US English?

        • Vorastra

          I dont have my PC set to US English. Set to South Africa English, But I do have google set to .com instead of local domain of

          Seems to only work with that, plus I have no need for my local domain.

          • ziplock9000

            That might be it thanks. I use

  • Eric Bright

    I installed and it’s working here in #Rwanda.