Looking Good: Chrome OS App Folders Coming Along Nicely…

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It’s been almost four months since support for Folders in the Chrome App Launcher was formally confirmed by Google developers in a bug report.

With Aura now enabled in the stable builds of Google Chrome on Windows, and due to land on Linux in the next month or so, we’re edging closer to the arrival of this long-awaited feature that will allow us to:

  • Add (and remove) apps to Folders
  • Name (and rename) folders
  • Sync Folder settings

But how’s the feature coming along since our last hands on preview of it back in November of last year?

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Chrome OS To Let You Open Apps By Voice

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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.