Chrome users can now search Google by saying, “Ok, Google” from their desktop browser from the Google homepage or the new tab page. Make sure you have the latest update of the browser, and go to google.com to turn it on.
Click the microphone icon, and you’ll be prompted to turn the functionality on. After that, get to the Ok Googling. You may have to speak up a bit. I was in a crowded office the first time I tried it, and spoke the words softly, and it didn’t register. The second time, I distracted everybody around me, and said it louder, and Google was fine.
I feel like this feature would be more helpful if it worked from other tabs rather than making you go to a page that has a Google search box waiting for you to type a query. Maybe one day.
By the way, Google’s conversational search will still give you a splendid definition for “upper decker”.
As reported last month, Google got a web definition for the term from a parked domain in the past.
Now, it’s drawing from a Gizmodo article titled “Google Now Is Hilariously Vulgar When It Explains an ‘Upper Decker'”. Progress.
Google announced the “Ok Google” feature’s availability in its stable channel update earlier this week (it’s on Chrome OS as well).
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