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Voice dictation is coming to Google Docs

Multiple profiles in Chrome OS is in testing too
Tue Mar 04 2014, 12:35
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VIDEO BLOGGER Marques Brownlee has posted leaked screenshots of a speech to text function for Google Docs.

Android users have been able to use this facility for some time through the speech to text functionality of Google Keyboard as well as some third party versions including Swiftkey, however the service has not been available to desktop users so far.

Speaking on Google+, Brownlee, who is known to his followers as MKBHD, posted screenshots showing the familiar microphone icon within the framework of a Google document, with the legend, "You saw it here first - Google Docs is getting voice typing".

Dictation functionality has become something of a holy grail for the computing industry. Microsoft incorporated a voice control option into Windows Vista with varying results, while Dragon's Naturally Speaking continues to be the gold standard. However, on mobile devices where both Google Now and Siri have proven that, for the most part, the technology has come of age, the functionality has reached a stage where it can usually be relied upon, and Google and Apple now have products that are nearly ready for the desktop.

Google has had the "OK Google" hot phrase for voice searching for some months in the Chrome web browser and Chrome OS, and this could be the next logical step. If it proves to be competent, it could be a threat to paid-for rivals.

We contacted Google but it declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the company has unofficially announced support for simultaneous multiple profiles in Chrome OS.

Up to now, users have had to log out of one account in order to log in to another, however a new flag has appeared in the latest version in the developer channel - chrome://flags/#enable-multi-profiles - that will allow you to tinker with the feature. It is in testing and might never be released, but then again, it might. µ


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