Google Adds Web Speech API to Chrome, Envisions More Talkative Future

by Brandon Russell | January 14, 2013

Google on Monday introduced a new Web Speech API for Chrome that could maybe lead to an entirely new browsing experience. The functionality is so far only present in Chrome Beta 25, but if developers can find unique and convenient ways to implement voice into their extensions, voice browsing might become a mainstay going forward.

“Imagine if you could dictate documents, have a freestyle rap battle, or control game characters with your browser only using your voice,” Glen Shires, Software Engineer and Speech Specialist surmised. Those might not be the most enticing examples of what’s possible, but it makes you think: what’s next?

Google says that with the API, developers will be able to integrate speech recognition into web apps, meaning users can potentially “talk apps into doing all sorts of things.” Google has already set up a demonstration, but you’ll need the new Chrome Beta to test it out. 


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...