Now You Can Google From The Desktop By Saying, ‘Ok Google’

    November 27, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Earlier this year, Google showed off its new conversational search capabilities for the desktop, including the ability to perform a search by simply saying, “Ok Google,” and then your search phrase.

In May, Google released conversational search for Chrome, but it didn’t have the “Okay Google” feature. The company has now made that available, but you have to download a Chrome extension to take advantage. Google announced it in a Google+ post:

The feature is kind of cool in a “wow, look what I can do” kind of way, but I’m not sure it’s entirely useful, considering that you have to go to the Google homepage (it also works from the new tab page) to use it. If you’re on another site, you have to navigate to Google, so you might as well just type in your search in the omnibox.

But hey, look what Google can do. I guess it’s a reason to keep Google open all the time. Well played, Google.

Image: Google

  • http://www.squirrly.co Alexandra Petean-Nicola

    Sorry but this is just freaking me out. Siri is kind of sad, but this is down right invasive.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-crum Chris Crum

      You don’t have to install it.

  • http://www.rameezulhaq.com M. Rameez Ul Haq

    I always expect good updates from Google, Sounds Cool!

  • http://www.officekitten.co.uk Alex M

    What if I can’t physically say “OK Google”? I find this a bit discriminatory.

    It’s interesting technology and all that, but if this becomes popular then public transport’s going to become even more annoying. Everyone yammering on about random nonsense is bad enough, now it’ll be, “OK Google – how do I control my appalling head lice?” And you’ll be sitting right next to head lice man. Just different variations of this millions of times over. I’ll stick to typing with my fingers. At least I get some exercise through this method.

  • http://www.aditmicrosys.com/ Hemang Shah

    Everyone knows Google is the top so need to update and come out something innovative sound.. Interesting!!

  • http://www.flaminghotmedia.com FHM

    I think this is going to be a big step going forward. I love using speech on the iPhone, and using a computer for search will be great. I used to use an old speech program years ago on a computer. It was very basic but I found I could create letters etc a lot quicker than writing. I know this will be slightly different but I’m for it.

  • http://www.birminghamph.com Manila

    Simple and I liked it,

  • Sarah Leslee

    I just received my new Moto X phone today with this feature installed and at the ready with a processor dedicated to listening for your command. My phone will assist me handsfree but keep the battery usage low as it waits in sleep.
    So far, it’s been very keen on distinguishing my voice and speech and functionality seems very good, allowing me not just to search but set calendar events to sync with my account and take notes as I go.

  • http://alltoptens.com/ Sadek

    This was much awaited by me. After getting always listening feature in Moto X and Nexus 5 (They even implemented this in all devices through Google now update though it’s not that much effective).
    +1 for Google Chrome and it’s Google Now team.

  • Gerry

    I like it..