by Brent Dirks
June 3, 2013
Google has just updated its Chrome app with improved voice search functionality. Instead of typing, users can simply do a Web search with their voice. In the omnibar, select the microphone button, and then say what you want to search for. The voice recognition, much like in Google Search, is very fast and quite accurate. It was definitely interesting to search without having to type anything. And for some searches, like “What’s the weather outside?,” the answer will be spoken back right along with the search results. Along with the usual stability/security improvements and bug fixes, the new version also offers faster page reloading even when a network connection is slow or unavailable. Chrome is a universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded in the App Store now for free. Google has been quite busy recently providing updates to its wide variety of iOS apps. Google Drive was updated just today with the ability to browse through images by swiping along with support for commenting. Late last week, Google Search was updated with some location improvements and bug fixes related to Google Now, a Siri-like software assistant that is built into the app.