Google has introduced the “Ok Google” feature on Google Chrome to enhance its voice search capability. The “Ok Google” feature was first tested in Android Wear, the new Android OS for Smart watches and wearables. As this became a success, Google decided to extend this feature to all its services. Currently, “Ok Google” feature is available only in Google.com and we can expect this on the country specific versions such as google.co.uk and google.co.in soon. This feature is available only on the latest updated version of Google Chrome.
What is “Ok Google”?
Ok Google is a voice sensing technology developed by Google for its Android smart phones and tablets. With Ok google, you can search, get directions, send messages and do many other actions.
To search, open the search app and say “ok google” followed by the search term. Instantly, the search results page will open up. Currently, this feature is available only in three languages, viz. English, French, and German. Let us see other examples of what can be done using “Ok Google”.
1. “Set an alarm for 5PM.” sets an alarm in clock on your device.
2. “Go to techbee.in” will open up techbee’s homepage on your browser.
3. “Open gmail” will show your emails.
4. “Call Mom Home” will establish a call to phone number saved with name ‘Mom Home’.
5. “Text Smith that I’m running 10 minutes late.” will send an sms to Smith.
6. “Listen to: Smells Like Teen Spirit.” will play the music ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.
7. “Find the Eiffel Tower” will locate Eiffel Tower on your map.
8. “How old is Brad Pitt?” will open up the browser page with your answer.
Like this you can do anything and everything with “Ok Google”.
How to enable “Ok Google” on Google Chrome?
Check whether you have the latest chrome version installed on your system. For that tap the chrome tab on the right top. Click on “About Google Chrome”. In the window that appears you will see the update status of google chrome. If you are running old version, update from there. If you have the latest version, you will see a tick mark as below.
Open settings menu. Set the language to English(US).
Scroll to bottom of the page and click on “show advanced settings”.
Under the privacy settings, you will see the option ‘Enable “Ok Google” to start a voice search’. Tick that option.
Open Google.com on a new tab and then you will see “Ok google” enabled as shown in the screenshot below.
Now, just say “Ok Google” followed by the keyword you need to search. The search results page will open up.
Google has stopped the ‘Ok Google’ service from desktop for Chrome version 46 and above. The reason that Google explained about the removal of the feature from Google chrome is that: it is not used often by users. Loading all the functions will increase the load of the processor. A program like Ok google voice search should always moniter the voice input to the PC. Hence, it will have a great effect on the reduced battery life of the PC. These were some of the reasons that made Google to rethink about ok google on google chrome. No doubt, Ok google was an awesome feature; unfortunately removed. May be with advanced features and modifications it will return back in the future version of Google chrome. Let’s hope for the best!