Without much fanfare, Google has begun rolling out new features to its Google Chrome browser, which it originally announced at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, last week.
Users who upgrade to version 27 of the Chrome browser will now find the company’s new conversational voice search feature activated. There is a small microphone icon in the far right of the search bar at Google.com, which pulls up the voice-activated search. Now, users can simply ask Google what they\’re looking for and the search engine will speak back results as well as load a web page with standard Google results and Google Now-style cards.
Even deeper than the basic search, users are now able to have a conversation with Google. Using the company’s semantic search, users can ask follow-up questions without repeating certain information. For example, a user could ask Google “When was the last time Tiger Woods won a major?” and then follow that up with “How old was he?” Google will deduct that the user is still talking about Woods and is looking for his age at the time he won his last major, without the user having to repeat that information.
Among other major announcements at I/O, the tech giant also disclosed that users will have the ability to activate search by simply speaking, “OK Google,” similar to what kicks Google Glass into action. It doesn’t appear that feature has been included with this installment of the Chrome update, but it should be coming shortly.