Minor improvements are on the way to the ‘Ok Google’ voice search feature in Chrome OS.
The latest Canary builds of Google’s web-centric operating system features support for opening applications and launching websites directly using voice commands alone.
Canary channel ninja Will Greene, who told us about the changes by e-mail, reports that he was able to open ‘Google Keep’, ‘Files’ and ‘Get Help’ by name after trigging the voice search feature in the App Launcher using the ‘Ok Google’ hot word.
Similarly, Greene says adding a ‘.com’ suffix to a voiced search term will open the relevant website directly, rather than, as now, returning a list of search results.
For example, to launch this site one would only need to open the App Launcher, say ‘Ok Google’ to trigger voice search, then speak ‘omgchrome dot com‘.
It’s not yet know precisely when — or if — these changes will filter down to Dev builds of Chrome OS. But, with recent builds of Chromium on the desktop enabling ‘Ok Google‘ support to the Chrome omnibar, it’s clear that integrating voice search into Chrome ranks highly on Google’s list of priorities for right now.
Did you know that Chrome OS has a hidden Canary Channel setting? Until recently, neither did I.
Much like the desktop browser version, Canary mode contains the latest development changes, new features and interface tweaks.
But, unlike the desktop version that can be run safely alongside regular stable Chrome, there is a good reason why it is hidden on Chrome OS: it’s buggier than a swamp full of rotting meat.
Crashes, half-implemented features, and a general lack of polish on UI changes; unexpected hardware issues, broken external monitor support and runaway resource-hungry processes are all scenarios that Chrome OS Canary can throw up.
Sounds like a nightmare. If, despite the potential for headaches, you do want to enable Canary mode you can. The awesome Kenny Strawn has detailed the entire switching process on his blog – from enabling developer mode to accessing the command-line prompt needed to issue the update edict.
But be warned: this is not a procedure to be carried out by the curious or inexperienced and there is no easy way to revert back to a stable build after updating.
Story courtesy of OMGChrome
A new breed of Chrome Apps
Google Editor’s note: Today marks the 5th birthday of Chrome, a project we started to push the web platform forward. From a humble beginning of static text, images and links, the web has grown into a rich platform teeming with interactive content and powerful applications. We’ve been astounded by how far the web has come and are very excited to see what developers around the world will be able to do with the new generation of Chrome Apps.
Today we’re unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet.) These apps are more powerful than before, and can help you get work done, play games in full-screen and create cool content all from the web. If you’re using Windows or a Chromebook, you can check them out in the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store (Mac & Linux coming soon).
Here’s what you can expect with new Chrome Apps:
- Work offline: Keep working or playing, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
- More app, less Chrome: No tabs, buttons or text boxes mean you can get into the app without being distracted by the rest of the web.
- Connect to the cloud: Access and save the documents, photos and videos on your hard drive as well as on Google Drive and other web services.
- Stay up-to-speed: With desktop notifications, you can get reminders, updates and even take action, right from the notification center.
- Play nice with your connected devices: Interact with your USB, Bluetooth and other devices connected to your desktop, including digital cameras.
- Keep updated automatically: Apps update silently, so you always get all the latest features and security fixes (unless permissions change).
- Pick up where you left off: Chrome syncs your apps to any desktop device you sign in to, so you can keep working.
- Sleep easier: Chrome apps take advantage of Chrome’s built-in security features such asSandboxing. They also auto-update to make sure you have all the latest security fixes. No extra software (or worrying) required.
- Launch apps directly from your desktop: To make it quicker and easier to get to your favorite apps, we’re also introducing the Chrome App Launcher for Windows, which will appear when you install your first new Chrome App. It lives in your taskbar and launches your apps into their own windows, outside of Chrome, just like your desktop apps. Have lots of apps? Navigate to your favorite apps using the search box.
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