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New Chrome beta introduces speech recognition
Posted on 15-Jan-2013 09:53. | Tags Filed under: News.

Using your voice to search on your computer or phone is handy, but there’s so much more you can do with voice commands. Imagine if you could dictate documents or control game characters with your browser using only your voice.

Google has announced the beta release of its Chrome web browser with a new Web Speech API.

The Web Speech API specification defines a JavaScript API to enable web developers to incorporate speech recognition and synthesis into their web pages.

This enables developers to use scripting to generate text-to-speech output and to use speech recognition as an input for forms, continuous dictation and control. The JavaScript API allows web pages to control activation and timing and to handle results and alternatives.

With this new JavaScript API, developers can integrate speech recognition into their web apps. In the near future you’ll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things.

With the inclusion of the Web Speech API for developers, users can start enjoying new, interactive experiences with web apps. Google has put together a demo web page where you can compose an email by speaking. The web page works only with the new Chrome Beta.

Google hints this feature will soon be available to everyone. The demo web page has a note saying "Upgrade to Chrome version 25 or later." Google Chrome is currently on version 24 and the company has a rapid release cycle.

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