Helpful tipster Matt Schlicht first spotted the feature earlier Monday afternoon. Voice search detects your computerâ€™s microphone settings and can open up a â€œSpeak nowâ€ widget to detect your words and transcribe them into a search query.
Android phone owners should be familiar with Google Voice Search; itâ€™s available in the Google Search widget. Google Voice Search on Android even translates voice commands into actions. For example, â€œDirections to Empire State Building New Yorkâ€ will get you instant driving directions to Manhattanâ€™s famous landmark.
Google has been working hard on improving the accuracy of its voice search product. It now recognizes Chinese and learns from your speech patterns. Perhaps now Google believes itâ€™s accurate enough to begin testing with the general populace.
Right now, voice search seems to be in a limited testing period. Weâ€™ve reached out to Google for comment.
While searching by voice may be easier than typing in some cases, we donâ€™t think youâ€™re suddenly going to see an uptick in people shouting out their search queries. As our tipster pointed out on Twitter today, Google Voice Search â€œworks surprisingly well but is very awkward to use in the office.â€
What do you think of Google Voice Search? Should Google roll it out on its homepage?
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