Chrome 25 released with new voice recognition app support

Google's latest stable Chrome web browser release, Chrome 25, is now available for immediate download via its automatic updater. Chrome 25 adds some new features, with the biggest being the new support for the Web Speech API that allows web apps to include some voice recognition features.

The official Chrome blog offers a link to a website voice recognition demo for Chrome 25 users to try out for themselves. If they have a microphone, they can go ahead and compose an email from within the web browser with just their voice. The blog post adds:

In addition, today’s release also disables silent extension installs in Chrome for Windows. This keeps Chrome fast and safe by ensuring that you consent to every extension that’s installed on your computer.

The Chrome Releases website has a more detailed change log of what's included in Chrome 25. Besides the new voice features, it has better support for HTML5 time/date inputs and better WebGL error handling. There are also quite a few security improvements made for Chrome 25, including several that were found by outside developers. Three of them were found by Atte Kettunen of OUSPG and Google awarded him for his efforts with a total of $2,000.

Source: Chrome blog

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You know, when I upgraded to 25 I disabled the RealPlayer Chrome extension and at least since then - no crashes. Let's see...

Chrome due to its nature and the understandable Google's decisions about it, becomes worryingly bloated. In a while it will be an OS itself, but as simple browser...

Glad to see that there will be less computer-illiterate peers of mine who struggle to figure out why their searches are being redirected to someadfilledsearchengine.com.cn!

There are also quite a few security improvements made for Chrome 25, including several that were found by outside developers

security improvements found by outside developers?

that sounds like a weird way of saying that some security flaws discovered by a 3rd party are being fixed in this release.

why avoid the term "security flaw"?

I don't remember reading any article about patch Tuesday saying Microsoft is releasing some "security improvements" to Windows.

szo said,
Google has bug-finder contests and pays millions to people who find security issues in their products!

if that were the case they would be very very low on cash...

Hmm, may have to give this a go. I use Chrome on my phone and prefer it over FF, but its the opposite on my PC. I like voice feature on my phone, not sure how much I will use it on my laptop tho.

techbeck said,
, not sure how much I will use it on my laptop tho.

You probably won't. We had voice recognition software for at least 15 years and nobody seems to care enough to use it on a desktop/laptop.

gonchuki said,

You probably won't. We had voice recognition software for at least 15 years and nobody seems to care enough to use it on a desktop/laptop.

Yea, but from what I have seen, the PC voice software was not very good. They have had that Dragon Naturally Speaking fora long time. Last version I tried wasnt very good even when I trained my voice. Granted its been several years since I tried it.