Get ready to see a lot of people talking to their computers. Google
has officially rolled out a new feature in Chrome
that lets you conduct a voice search on a desktop or notebook using just your voice.
From a Google page, you can simply say, “OK Google” and say whatever you want to hunt for. This was a feature that Google had in beta
back in late February, but now it’s here.
It’s not clear if some of the other functions that Google teased in a blog post
are available yet. These include telling Google to, for example, set a timer for 30 minutes or create a Google Now
reminder for yourself.
The above is surely coming, and although the environment for using the new voice features isn’t probably a quiet library or a crowded coffeeshop--seriously folks, please don’t be loudly demanding things of Google in public environments where others can hear you--but you can imagine plenty of use cases where this capability could be invaluable, whether you’re in the kitchen juggling three things at once, have your hands full working on a project in the garage, or what have you.