Back in February last year, Google introduced the hands free voice search feature ‘Ok Google’, in Chrome Beta. A couple of months later, the feature was rolled out to all Google Chrome users. Looking at the low popularity for this feature, Google will soon be getting rid of its hands-free voice feature.
The latest version 46 of Google Chrome for Windows, Linux and OS X will remove support for ‘OK Google’ detection, reports VentureBeat. However, according to the publication, the feature will still be available for Chrome on mobile and Chromebooks.
The feature allowed desktop users to speak to their laptops or desktops to do quick hands-free search, with ‘Ok Google’ being the trigger to activate it. Over the past couple of years, the voice-activated mobile assistants have come more accurate, powerful and useful. These include the likes of Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Google Now.
If we consider the flexibility, talking to the phone and look for quick results is more convenient than talking to a laptop. Google’s move does seem logical, with an aim to declutter the ecosystem and then focus and invest on developing something that would be used by a large number of users.
Google has already started rolling out the Chrome version 46, and if you have updated and re-launched the browser, the feature may have already disappeared. To check your current version of Google Chrome, you can tap on the three lines (menu) on the top right corner of the browser > Help and About > About Google Chrome.