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]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. It likes to crash. A lot.

  2. 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

    1. 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).

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

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

  5. US only. Did the article point this out?

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

    1. as usual..US only.

  7. Too many syllables.

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

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