Google launches voice search for PC Chrome users

While people who use Android-based phones are aware that it includes support for using voice to enable Google search, the company has just today enabled searching using its web site via voice for PC users. The official Google blog site has the details of the new feature which at the moment is exclusive to Google's own Chrome web browser. Users will be able to see a microphone icon on the Search button. Chrome users can simply click on it and speak their search terms (assuming they have a microphone installed of course). At the moment only English is supported by the new Google Search PC voice feature.

In addition to the voice search addition, another feature that debuted on the Android has made its way to the PC desktop. It's the Search Images feature at images.google.com. Using the feature you can upload an image or even plug in an image URL and then the Search Images features will try to find out things like a location and more. The feature will be available in 40 languages and will be supported by both Chrome and Firefox web browsers via extensions.

Finally Google has announced a new way to speed up searches in general called Instant Images. According to the blog, "Instant Pages can get the top search result ready in the background while you’re choosing which link to click, saving you yet another two to five seconds on typical searches." It will be launched in the next beta version of the Chrome browser or you can try it out now by downloading the latest version that's made primarily for developers.

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