Google is bringing Google Now to computers adding "Ok Google" feature on Chrome for desktop.
After the downfall of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome has been consistently the most liked web browser besides Mozilla Firefox and Opera. This time Google has added the long requested feature into the new chromium build. And it looks simply amazing.
You don’t have to search something on Google by typing the extensive keywords or pressing the microphone button. With the new “Ok Google” feature, you can ask Google to look up for something or convert things and much more.
So how does this new feature work? Well just like you speak on your mobile phones, you have to say “OK Google” and Google’s Voice Search will do the rest.
As stated by the Google Operating System blog, Chrome will be listening to you. When you say “Ok Google” it will send the sound of the next thing that you will say, and the sound of what you said a few seconds before to Google.
It is by default that Google would stop listening after about 5 minutes in order to reduce the battery consumption of the laptop.
This Hotword Detection works offline. It doesn’t send the recordings to Google’s server until and unless you say “Ok Google”
This amazing new feature could definitely be very useful when your hands are full, and you need to look up for something really quickly.
Another striking feature that has found its way into the latest Chrome is the folder support in bookmarks search. Which means that folders are now included in your search result.
François Beaufort, the developer and Google open-source Chromium evangelist, gave a short description of the Chromium code. He said, “Folders are now returned in bookmark searches, and double clicking a folder from the results will allow the user to navigate the folder’s contents” This new distinct feature is specifically notable as it was first requested back in 2009, when Google Chrome was at its 3rd version. Explicitly, 29 versions later, Chrome still doesn’t have this particular feature. However, it is on its way.
Chromium, being an open source web browser which shares almost the same code as Google Chrome, has an advantage as the new features are first added there. This particular feature was implemented by an external person and not a Google employee.
As per now, there has been no update as to when exactly will this feature find its way into Chrome, however, there are speculations that this feature may show up during the first half of the next year.