Google Voice Search works in Chrome for desktop, not only in Android and iOS. Google today launched the Google Voice Search Hotword extension for Chrome, bring its “OK Google” feature to the desktop. You can download the new tool, currently in beta, now directly from the Chrome Web Store.
It’s completely hands-free, provided you’re already on Google.com: just say “OK Google” and then ask your question.
Here it is in action:
The getting started instructions are straightforward:
- Download the extension.
- Click “agree” to give your permission to use your microphone.
- Visit Google.com on Chrome and give it a try. Just say “Ok Google” and then ask your question.
Google also has a YouTube video to walk you through the setup:
With Thanksgiving just around the corner in the US, Google is naturally playing this up as a great feature for those buried in the kitchen. Without washing your hands first to type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop: “Ok Google, how many ounces are in one cup?” or “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes.”
You can tell if Google is listening by checking the microphone icon from the search box:
It might be nice to have the listening feature available at all times when Chrome is open, rather than just on search and new tab pages, but this is a big step in the right direction.