Google Releases Chrome 25 Beta with Voice Search

Google has launched Chrome 25 in beta with new functionality to help developers integrate speech recognition into their web apps.

The Chrome 25 beta now supports voice commands via the Web Speech API. How cool is that?

Google engineer Glen Shires shares his thoughts: “Using your voice to search on your computer or phone is handy, but there’s so much more you can do with voice commands. Imagine if you could dictate documents, have a freestyle rap battle, or control game characters with your browser using only your voice.”

The Chrome beta will also automatically disable some extensions on Windows that have been added by third party programs, often without your knowledge.

Shires adds: “The original intent was to give people an option to add useful extensions when installing applications, but unfortunately this feature has been widely abused by third parties who added extensions without user consent. A notification will appear with the option to re-enable the affected extensions.”

The Chrome beta is available for download here:

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at, a new personal finance portal.
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