Wednesday , May 23 2018

Google Now-style search comes to Chrome

One of Android’s more unique features is Google Now. Originally labelled as a rip-off of Apple’s Siri, the reality is Google Now is much better, more versatile, and less creepy. Once the realm of Android devices only, it seems Google Now’s voice search is coming across to Chrome as well, and after having had a quick play with it today, it seems pretty cool!

If you want to try it out, head to Google.com on your Chrome device and hit the microphone button in the search bar. Ask Google your question — just as you would with Google Now on an Android — and have a play with the results. Some questions you could ask to see for yourself how this works:

  • What time is it?
  • Who is Barrack Obama?
  • What’s the weather like in Sydney?
  • What is a rhesus monkey?
  • What is 45 times 63?

Have a play with it and let us know what you think — is this a good step forward for search? What funny questions have you found that generate an amusing spoken response?

Source: Android Headlines.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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