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Google's latest Chrome beta adds speech recognition

Web Speech API open to developers
Tue Jan 15 2013, 10:53

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google's latest Chrome web browser beta release comes with support for voice input, it announced on Monday, along with a handful of other improvements.

Google announced the release on its blog, promoting the fact that the browser's new Web Speech API enables developers to add speech recognition to their apps. According to the firm, this is great for those who want to "control game characters using only voice" or who "want to have a freestyle rap battle".

"With the inclusion of the Web Speech API for developers, users can start enjoying new, interactive experiences with web apps," Google said.

"With this new Javascript API, developers can integrate speech recognition into their web apps. So, in the near future you'll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things."

That's not all that's new in Google's latest Chrome beta release. The latest version of the web browser will also automatically disable some extentions that have been added by third party programs to ensure that Chrome isn't being slowed down.

Google added, "The original intent was to give people an option to add useful extensions when installing applications, but unfortunately this feature has been widely abused by third parties who added extensions without user consent.

"A notification will appear with the option to re-enable the affected extensions."

Google's latest Chrome beta is available to download for free now. µ


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