Google Chrome Beta Gets New Hands-Free Voice Search

March 4, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Google Chrome Beta has added a voice search, enabling users to search for things without using their hands.

“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,” the company said in a blog post.

“With the latest Chrome Beta, you can search by voice on Google—no typing, clicking or hand-washing required. Simply open a new tab or visit Google.com in Chrome, say ‘Ok Google,’ and then start speaking your search.”

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The feature is being rolled out to English users on Windows, Mac, and Linux now and support for additional languages and Chrome OS will be coming soon.

Here’s an example:

  • Perform searches: Say “Ok Google, how many ounces are in a cup?” 
  • Set a timer: Say “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes” 
  • Create a reminder for Google Now: Say “Ok Google, remind me to pick up dessert at 6pm tonight”

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