Last fall Google began offering voice controls in its desktop browser through an official Chrome extension. Then in February the company rolled out a beta version of Chrome with the same feature baked right in, and now the official version of Google’s browser is getting “Ok Google” controls as well.
If you’ve never used voice search from your desktop browser before, Google may need to ask for permission before it can access your microphone. From there you should be able to jump into voice controls by simply opening a new tab in Chrome and saying the words “Ok Google” out loud. You can also click the little microphone on the right side of the search bar to activate the service.
Google says today’s update is universal and available for “all Chromies,” though it could take a little longer to arrive on every desktop platform. For now it also appears to be limited to Chrome browsers set to U.S. English, but we’re sure it will arrive on all versions in the near future.