Google has turned Chrome hands free by allowing Chrome users to say "OK, Google" to search the Web.
A one-time click on a button in the latest version of Chrome in beta enables the voice search feature. Google first demonstrated voice search in Chrome at Google I/O last year, but until now users had to click on a microphone in the search bar each time before speaking.
The feature will
initially roll out in the United States in English on Windows, Mac and Linux during the next few days, with support for additional languages and Chrome OS coming soon.
The search must begin by the user saying "OK Google," followed by a command like "how many ounces are in a cup?" The feature will also allow users to set timers and create a reminder for Google Now.
Google also announced that the latest Chrome browser in beta offers a feature called "supervised users," which suggests adding other users to one Google account. The account holder -- which can add multiple users on multiple devices -- becomes the manager of the account, supervising others. One person becomes the manager, although there are several people on the account.
The manager controls permissions for each family member in the user group and determines the sites to allow or block for other users. The users can browse on any device in the home of connected to the feature with the "Import" option. Importing a supervised user means that the permissions sync across devices. It's not clear, however, whether the users of the group will get served the same type of ads.