Google Chrome Now Understands Your ‘Ok Google’ Voice Commands


The Google Chrome browser for Mac and PC now understands your “Ok Google” voice commands thanks to an official “Voice Search Hotword extension” that’s available to download now from the Chrome Web Store. You can use it to make handsfree web searches, quick conversions, and even to set reminders.

“It’s that time of year… the in-laws are coming for a tasty Turkey Day dinner. You’re elbow-deep in your turkey, ready to start the stuffing and you need to quickly calculate how many ounces of walnuts are in a cup. This year, rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop,” Google announced in a Google+ post.

Simply download and install the new extension from the Chrome Web Store by following the source link below, and then say “Ok Google” to begin your search — just like you would on an Android device. Check out the demonstration in the GIF below.

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You can’t use the command from anywhere, though — you have to be looking at a Google search page. And as things stand, the extension is only available to English-speaking users in the U.S. But it is only a beta right now, so you can expect Google to open it up to other users as time goes by.