New Chrome Browser Beta Adds voice Recognition API
Chrome 25 beta will let developers build voice commands into their web apps
Google launched the latest beta version of its Chrome browser (version 25) for the desktop and Android and this one is chock-full of new tools for developers. The most important update – and the one that Google chose to highlight – is the inclusion of the Web Speech API in Chrome. This will allow developers to integrate speech recognition into their web apps so that in the near future you’ll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things.
For developers, that’s obviously an interesting prospect, given that writing web apps that can recognize voice commands isn’t exactly easy today. It’s probably no surprise that this launch comes just a few days after Google also announced that it has merged the development cycles of the Chrome beta version for Android and the desktop. On a phone and tablet, after all, voice commands are even more useful than on the desktop.