Chromebooks may finally be getting voice recognition. Google Plus user François Beaufort discovered (via CNET) references to Google Now in the latest Chromium build yesterday that said “creating a skeleton for Google Now for Chrome implementation.” It’s not clear how long it will take for the new feature to roll out, but the code hints to Google Now’s features appearing in Google Chrome’s notification cards.
We talked about Google Now several times before. It is the service out of Google that allows users to use natural speech to access information—much like Siri. Some may even consider Google Now more robust than Siri, because it allows for Android users to access detailed weather reports, trip reminders, birthdays, restaurant reviews, email, events, news, places, traffic, stocks, and more through customizable cards. It was formally introduced in Google’s latest Android OS, Jelly Bean. Google Now also looks for user patterns, including calendar appointments and location, to provide users with more relevant information.
The impact on Chromebooks would be huge.
Source: Google Plus
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