Newsletters
Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Business Intelligence Sales & Marketing More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
World Wide Web
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google Enables Voice Commands via Chrome Desktop
Google Enables Voice Commands via Chrome Desktop

By Jennifer LeClaire
February 28, 2014 10:30AM

Bookmark and Share
Analyst Greg Sterling said of voice search coming to Google's Chrome on the desktop: "Essentially it brings Android's familiar voice search capability to the desktop. And in my experience it works well. Still, most people are going to be inclined to use a keyboard to formulate queries where one is available."
 



OK, so it's not the same as chewing gum and walking at the same time. But cooking and searching at the same time can be quite a challenge for many -- and Google is working to help those people overcome that and other frustrations associated with trying to navigate search while doing something else.

"If you've ever tried to cook and search at the same time -- say, when your hands are covered in flour and you need to know how many ounces are in a cup -- you know it can be tricky," said Ji Adam Dou, a software engineer and search whisperer at Google. "With the latest Chrome Beta, you can search by voice on Google -- no typing, clicking or hand-washing required."

OK, Google

Here's how it works: Just open a new tab or visit Google.com in Chrome. Once you are there, say "OK Google," and then start speaking your search. Yes, it's just that simple.

Back to the cooking example, you could perform a search where you say, "OK Google, how many ounces are in a cup?" Once you've got your answer and have completed your recipe, you could say, "OK Google, set a timer for 30 minutes."

With your delightful dish cooking, you could then create a reminder for Google Now. Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant that was announced this week for the desktop. From knowing the weather before you start your day, to planning the best route to avoid traffic, or even checking your favorite team's score while they're playing, Google Now is in the business of getting you the information you need when you need it.

But Google Now can also help you remember things. So, back to our cooking example, you can say, "OK Google, remind me to pick up dessert at 6 p.m. tonight" and round out your perfect meal.

Analyst: It Works Well

We caught up with Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, to get his take on the new whistling tech bell. He told us this isn't exactly brand new. In fact, this browser extension has been available in the U.S. market since November of last year.

"It's unclear how widely adopted it is -- most people are still unaware of the option -- but it's a terrific one to have available. Essentially it brings Android's familiar voice search capability to the desktop. And in my experience it works well," Sterling said. "Still, most people are going to be inclined to use a keyboard to formulate queries where one is available."

Now out of beta, Dou said hands-free Google voice search in Chrome will be rolled out to U.S. users on Windows, Mac and Linux over the next few days, with support for additional languages and Chrome OS coming soon. You can enable the feature by visiting Google.com, clicking on the mic icon, then clicking "Enable OK Google."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 World Wide Web
1.   New Technology Defeats Privacy Efforts
2.   Verizon Launches Rewards Program
3.   Social Media Feeds Rare Syndrome
4.   NY Proposes Virtual Currency Rules
5.   Visa Intros Online Payment Service


advertisement
Radical.FM's Freemium Biz Model
Online radio startup asks for donations.
Average Rating:
Facebook Social Experiment Irks Us
Secretive test was legal, but ethical?
Average Rating:
New Technology Defeats Privacy Efforts
Study identifies 3 browser techniques.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
34 European Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware
Criminals have been finding gaping holes in Android-based two-factor authentication systems that banks around the world are using. The result: 34 banks in four European countries have been hit.
 
New Web Tracking Technologies Defeat Privacy Protections
Recently developed Web tracking tools are able to circumvent even the best privacy defenses, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
 
Juniper DDoS Solution Aims at High-IQ Networks
In the face of more complex attacks, Juniper Networks is boosting its DDoS Secure solution to help companies mitigate the threats with more effective security intelligence throughout the network fabric.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Contact Centers | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.