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Google adds hands free “Ok Google” voice search to Chrome Beta

In what is another move to bring Android-like features to desktops, Google has now added hands free voice search to the Chrome browser. The latest Chrome Beta for Windows, Mac and Linux now gets voice

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In what is another move to bring Android-like features to desktops, Google has now added hands free voice search to the Chrome browser. The latest Chrome Beta for Windows, Mac and Linux now gets voice search capabilities that can be triggered by saying “Ok Google,” without having to click the mic icon.

To enable this feature, you will have to visit google.com, click on the mic in the search bar and then select, “Enable Ok Google.” Once enabled, you can search things by saying, “Ok Google…” or set Google Now reminders in the same way by saying, “Ok Google, remind me to…”

ok-google-voice-search-chrome-betaGoogle had first added this mic to the google.com search bar a couple of years back, but users still had to click on the mic and then speak to Google. Recently, it added the Hotword extension, which eliminated the need to click the mic and instead only say “Ok Google” to trigger a search. But in order to use this feature, a user had to first install and enable the extension. With this latest update to Chrome Beta, there won’t be any need for a person to install the extension and instead Google will always be ready to listen when someone opens a new tab on Chrome and says “Ok Google.”