Jun 23, 2011

Google activates voice search on Chrome


 Google has activated it voice search feature on its Chrome browser. The feature, already available on Android phones, can also be now used on personal computers.
The new feature was announced by Google last week at its search event in San Francisco. The voice search option allows users to to speak their search requests in English while sitting in front of their office and home computers, instead of manually typing it out.
By continually coming up with new ways to simplify search requests, Google hopes to extend its dominance in what so far has been Internet's most lucrative market: steering people to the information they want as quickly as possible. Spurring more search requests provides Google with more opportunities to shows the ads that generate most of its revenue.

For now, the spoken-request option for desktop computers is available only on Google's Chrome browser. It can be activated by clicking on a microphone icon inside Google's search box on Google.com. This feature is not yet available on Google's India website Google.co.in.
Google hopes to eventually make all the features available through Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, both which have wider audiences than Chrome. Eventually, people will be able to speak requests in other languages, too.
The speech-recognition technology draws upon a database of more than 230 billion words that Google has built while processing spoken requests on phones for the past two and a half years.


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