Familiar “Ok Google” hotword arrives on desktop via official Chrome extension

Chrome Google Voice Search Hotword extension

The “Ok Google” hotword — the phrase spoken to perform a Google Voice Search — is slowly growing into a pop icon. We’ve watched as its evolved, making its first appearance in Google Glass (albeit under the slightly modified Ok Glass command), to today where it’s made its home on our Nexus 5 homescreens.

Today, “Ok Google” has finally landed on the desktop via Google’s all new extension for the Chrome web browser. Once installed on Chrome, the Google homepage will automatically begin listening for the familiar “Ok Google” command to perform hands-free voice searches. Pretty neat. Oh, and to avoid sucking battery life out of laptops, Google.com will stop listening for the hotword after 5 minutes of inactivity.

To show off Chrome’s all new feature, Google uploaded a new video onto YouTube for easy sharing with friends and family. Help spread the word, and try out the extension for yourself.

Download in the Chrome Web Store: Google Voice Search Hotword (Beta) 

[via ChromeSpot]

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  • Marcus Thomas

    It likes to crash. A lot.

  • atan420

    It has all of the google now easter eggs too!
    Loving it

    Now if only I could use it from any webpage… since there’s an always present search bar

    • scoter man1

      I didn’t even know there were easter eggs for the mobile one! Thanks for giving me a few minutes of entertainment (found them and had to try them out).

  • AndroidProfit

    VERY COOL! I tried the, “remind me” thing but it didn’t work. Maybe they are introducing that later?

  • AbbyZFresh

    Always listening. Does the NSA have better things to do.

  • ziplock9000

    US only. Did the article point this out?

  • Satwik Kamatmehbro

    Just installed this.. doesnt work for me :( I have to physically click the microphone before google search listens for my voice.

    • charlesjames

      as usual..US only.

  • CalypsoArt

    Too many syllables.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Ok this is cool. Yes I know, I’m easily entertained.

    • http://nodws.com/ Nodws

      OK NSA