Google has added support for searching the web by voice to the latest beta build of its Chrome browser on PCs.
Users of the Chrome Beta on Linux, Mac and Windows will be able to open a new tab or visit Google.com and say “OK Google”, followed by what they want to search for.
Aside from search Google said voice commands could also be used to set a timer, “OK Google, set a timer for 30 minutes”, or create a reminder for its Google Now service, “OK Google, remind me to pick up dessert at 6pm tonight”.
The voice command feature has to be manually enabled by clicking Enable “Ok Google” on the google.com page.
Google has already added voice control to its services on other platforms. Owners of phones and tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat can also use “OK Google” for web search and Google Now commands.
The Chrome desktop beta also adds the ability for the browser to import existing supervised user profiles, which allow a third party to control which sites a user can visit.