Phones have certainly gotten smarter over the last few years, and now it seems like it’s time for computer to play a bit of catch up thanks to an excellent new feature from Google.
Chrome’s new voice search capability will soon mean that you will be able to use voice commands to search with Google, just by uttering the phrase “Ok, Google”. This brings us one step closer to the technologically advanced Star Trek user interface that technology nerds and science fiction geeks have been dreaming of.
Until now, the use of voice commands has been kept on a strictly mobile basis, with features such as Apple’s Siri leading the way. For a long time, vocal recognition software was patchy, and even today’s software is far from perfect at recognizing commands, but Google is hoping to take this one step further. The Chrome extension released today by Google enables an always-on voice search from a desktop, as long as Google.com is open.
Amazingly enough, the hotword “Ok, Google” will even work when you’re already on a search page, so you can just say “Ok, Google” again to search for something else instead. It is thought that in time, an extension will not even be necessary to use vocal commands on a browser, but the option to switch the extension off puts security fears at rest for Google users who don’t want to be listened to.