Google releases always on voice search for Chrome

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VOICE SEARCH EXPERIMENTER Google has released a Chrome extension to provide always on access to the "OK Google" command, allowing voice search.

There are a few caveats though. First, you have to already be on a Google Search page for it to work. More importantly, in our tests it doesn't work very well.

It recognised "OK Google" in a quiet room, but when we asked "What's in my calendar for today?" it brought up search results about vegetable draining cookware.

We tried again with the radio on in the background, and it failed to answer when we called it. All in all, it has a long way to go.

Google has already rolled out the "OK Google" command to Android, Chromebooks and Google Glass, suggesting that the company is determined to make the command part of its users' lexicon before long.

At present, Chrome does not have full Google Now functionality, although certain generic cards are displayed and the nice young lady who lives in your Android phone sometimes pipes up with useful information. There is also a reminder function, though it doesn't appear to be integrated with Google Search on other devices.

With Thanksgiving now uppermost in the minds of many Americans, Google has explained a Thanksgiving cooking use case on Google+

"You need to quickly calculate how many ounces of walnuts are in a cup. This year, rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop: 'OK Google, how many ounces are in one cup?' Et voila."

Voila indeed. If you spoke that into a voice search, based on our experience so far Google Search would probably show you pictures of medium sized string instruments. µ

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