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Google Voice Activated Search... microphone icon in search box

     
12:43 am on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So last week I posted that I was seeing new super sized links [webmasterworld.com...] .

Now tonight I visit Google to find that I click on a microphone in the search box to tell Google what I want to find! It doesn't seem to work that well. It has a hard time deciphering what I am saying.

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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 1:00 am (utc) on May 2, 2011]
[edit reason] Fixed link [/edit]

1:07 am on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Do you have this Chrome extension? [chrome.google.com...]
1:49 am on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Not using any extensions this just popped up tonight. From what I understand this was only available with mobile devices in the past.
11:59 am on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've used it on my Android phone. It is a nifty feature on the phone where the keyboard is hard to use. I'd say it only works for me about 50% of the time though. Half the time I have to edit the words with the keyboard anyway.

I'm not sure how useful it would be on the desktop, but nice to be able to try it.
8:51 pm on May 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you're using Chrome as your web browser, Google added HTML voice input to Chrome 11, which was released 4 days ago.

Google Chrome 11 Squashes Bugs, Adds HTML Speech, New Logo [pcmag.com]

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7:16 pm on June 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing this today, I am using chrome and it appears when I am logged in or not. For the limited testing I have done it works rather well.
7:20 pm on June 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This will be interesting to see how all the players get into the speech recognition and how far it goes.