Google brings voice search to its Chrome browser

22 May 2014

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The latest release of Google’s Chrome web browser now allows users to search by voice by just saying “OK Google.”

The new feature for Chrome Beta will be rolled out to English (US) users on Windows, Mac and Linux over the next few days.

Google says support for other languages and Chrome OS is coming soon.

Users will be able to use the feature to ask specific questions, such as, “OK Google, how many ounces are in a cup?” or tell the browser to set a timer for 30 minutes or set a reminder for Google Now.

To enable this feature, visit Google.com, click on the mic icon, then click on “Enable Ok Google”.

Supervised users

The latest update to Chrome Beta also includes a new Supervised Users feature that makes it easy to help family members explore the web in a managed environment.

“You can determine sites you want to allow or block, and manage permissions for any sites your family member has requested to view,” said Ji Adam Dou, software engineer at Google.

“If you create a supervised user, now you can let that user browse on any device in your home with the new ‘Import’ option. When you import a supervised user, all their permissions will then be synced across devices,” Dou said.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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