Tag Archives: Always

Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension

Ever wanted to have that hands-free experience of activating Google Search with your voice but are currently confined to working on your computer? Google has you in mind when it made this Google Voice Search Hotword extension for the Chrome web browser which brings the now iconic “OK, Google” phrase to desktops and laptops.

cd8ac74e28ension.png Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension

Simply install the extension, which you can download from the link below, and you’re good to go. Of course, you’ll need to have a mic installed on your system, but a lot of laptops come with those nowadays. This will allow you to then simply use voice commands not only for searches but also for things like setting reminders and calendar events, doing unit conversions, and more. You can always type in these search terms or commands yourself, but speaking out commands to your computer is much more convenient and cooler, at least if you’re not in a situation that would make it awkward.

The extension is currently in beta and is definitely far from perfect. It does have some limitations, aside from being unsurprisingly exclusive to Google’s web browser. The hotword only works when you have a Google search tab open in Chrome and when Chrome is the currently active window in the foreground. Thus, the feature doesn’t work when you’re doing something else, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue for people who work and live inside the browser, which is perhaps Google’s primary target anyway.

This Chrome extension is definitely no Motorola Moto X or Open Mic+ Android app. But when you’re stuck with using a computer and need a quick and easy way to start a search, then this Google feature might just do it in a pinch.

Download: Google Voice Search Hotword Chrome extension

View original post here:
Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension

ico tag Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , ,

Del.icio.us

delicious Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension
Facebook
facebook icon Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension
Digg
digg Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension

  


RSS Copyright © Hottest Mobile Phone News & Reviews | PhoneInferno [Always listening “OK Google” feature lands on the desktop via Chrome extension], All Right Reserved. 2013.
Powered by Readers From RSS 2 Blog

Hottest Mobile Phone News & Reviews | PhoneInferno

Would you want Siri to be ‘always listening’ for your voice commands? [Poll]

 Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll]

Both the upcoming Xbox One from Microsoft and Moto X from Google will feature “always listening” functionality for their voice-controlled, natural language interfaces. So what about Apple and Siri? Should the next iPhone and iPads have the microphone just as perpetually on and processing, ready for everything and anything we say, waiting to key onto a command phrase that signals we want to use it – “Okay, Google Now!” – er… – “hey Siri!”?

There’s a power concerns, of course. Xbox One is plugged in and therefore has no battery life to worry about, but the iPhone or iPad, like the Moto X, would absolutely have to do everything it can to conserve power. Beyond the technical issues, however, are privacy concerns. The news is already filled with stories of governments and companies allegedly spying on our communications, do we really trust them with constantly enabled mics? And what about simple system errors? I’ve had bits of conversation accidentally sent to me from Google Glass glitches, imagine the potential for mistakes with mainstream systems?

On the flip side, “always listening” can also be incredibly convenient. When your hands are full, or your device is out of reach, being able to command it with words alone is beyond useful. Likewise, Siri is already behind Google Now when it comes to functionality, including localized voice parsing, predictive responses, and more, and not doing “always listening” would put it one more feature down on the parity list.

Do you think the upcoming iOS 7 on the rumored iPhone 5S should start playing catch up? Apple’s offered exclusive new features on hardware before, so would an extra processing core for onboard and persistent voice processing be interesting to you? Would you want your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad mic to be flipped on all the time, and Siri to be “always listening” for your commands?

581333a495mf.gif Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll]

ccbc2ef66awitter.png Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll]

ico tag Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll] Tags:  , , , , , , ,

Del.icio.us

delicious Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll]
Facebook
facebook icon Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll]
Digg
digg Would you want Siri to be always listening for your voice commands? [Poll]

  


RSS Copyright © Hottest Mobile Phone News & Reviews | PhoneInferno [Would you want Siri to be 'always listening' for your voice commands? [Poll]], All Right Reserved. 2013.
Powered by Readers From RSS 2 Blog

Hottest Mobile Phone News & Reviews | PhoneInferno

MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts

Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Alex Lindsay, Chris Breen, and I talk about Tim Cook testifying to congress, new Macs made in the USA, perhaps a Retina MacBook Air, and more.

Download and subscribe: TWiT.tv

12b472104dmf.gif MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts

ccbc2ef66awitter.png MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts

ico tag MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts Tags:  , , , , , , ,

Del.icio.us

delicious MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts
Facebook
facebook icon MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts
Digg
digg MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts

  


RSS Copyright © Hottest Mobile Phone News & Reviews | PhoneInferno [MacBreak Weekly 351: There Will Always be Donuts], All Right Reserved. 2013.
Powered by Readers From RSS 2 Blog

Hottest Mobile Phone News & Reviews | PhoneInferno