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Friday, February 28, 2014
Chrome 34 Beta Brings Google Voice Search
The Chrome Team has released Chrome 34 to the beta channel, offering new features including Google Voice Search through the browser.
Google Voice Search will allow you to open a new tab or visit Google.com in Chrome, say "Ok Google" and start speaking your search. The feature is being rolled out to US English users on all three desktop platforms "over the next few days," according to Google, and support for additional languages and Chrome OS is coming soon.
To enable the feature, you?ll have to visit Google.com, click on the microphone icon, and hit "Enable Ok Google".
With new beta, Google is also introducing "srcset" to let Web developers provide multiple resources in varying resolutions for a single image, in the hopes of speeding up page load times, reducing wasted bandwidth, and ending improperly formatted content.
The new beta browser also comes with an unprefixed version of the Web Audio API, to bring Chrome's implementation of Web Audio in alignment with the W3C draft specification.
You can also import supervised users, which were first added as a beta feature Chrome 32. Imported supervised users come with all their permissions, which will automatically sync across devices.
The full changelog for the new Chrome 34.0.1847.11 for Windows and Mac and 34.0.1847.14 is the following:
- Responsive Images and Unprefixed Web Audio
- Hands-free Google Voice Search in Chrome
- Import supervised users onto new computers
- A number of new apps/extension APIs
- Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance
A full list of changes in this build is available in the SVN log. Chrome 34 is set to launch in late March or early April.