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‘Okay Google’ Makes it’s way to Chrome on the Desktop

May 22, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Today is a day that some Google users may have been waiting to come for quite some time, especially since Google announced that Google Chrome would be getting the ‘Ok Google’ hot-word search initiation command a few months back, and that the feature was being put into the next release (at the time) of Chrome Beta, for further testing.

Well, the wait is over, because as of today, Google and the Chrome team have put the voice search feature into the non-Beta version of Chrome for desktop.  Say you had your hands full of groceries, or a baby even, and needed to look up the recipe for your kids’ favorite dessert, or the number for the best babysitter in town.  With Google Chrome (and the feature enabled, of course) the information you need is only an ‘Ok Google’ and a mouse click away.  How do I set up and use this wonderful utility, you may be wondering?  Well here’s how to set yourself up right.

Open Google Chrome.  Then either click on the three bars in the top right corner, select ‘Settings’.  Click ‘Show Advanced Settings…’, scroll down a little, and under the Privacy section, check the box next to ‘Enable “Ok Google” to start a voice search’ and you’re good to go. Open a new tab or window from now on, and every time you go to Google’s homepage or end up in a Google search/search results list, just say those magic words and let the voice searching begin.

NOTE: ‘Ok Google’ is only available for the English language, with other languages likely to follow throughout the remainder of the year.

 

Google’s voice recognition software, having become highly popular among Android users when Google updated their Google Search app with the Google Now functionality, is really rather smart with the information and results it can offer, but also in its capability to understand human speech (and respond, depending on what you ask or search for).  The only shortcomings of Google’s voice recognition on Chrome compared to the Search app is that there is obviously no calling/texting functionality so the commands will not work on your desktop.  Check out Trendblog’s page to find a full list of commands, but do note that not all commands are applicable on every computer.  Go out and do some vocal Googling.