Google released Chrome 25 Beta

Chrome 25After Last week’s Beta release of Chrome for Android Google now launches Chrome 25 to the beta channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux With Speech Recognition .It supports voice commands via the Web Speech API.
Google speech specialist and software engineer Glen Shires pretty well sums up what this means when he says, “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, have a freestyle rap battle, or control game characters with your browser using only your voice.”

Here is the complete blog post  by Glen Shires :

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, have a freestyle rap battle, or control game characters with your browser using only your voice. With today’s Chrome Beta release, this future is closer than you think.

With the inclusion of the Web Speech API for developers, users can start enjoying new, interactive experiences with web apps, like in this demo where you can compose an email by speaking. With this new JavaScript API, developers can integrate speech recognition into their web apps. So, in the near future you’ll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things.

To make sure your Chrome installation isn’t being slowed down, today’s Chrome Beta will automatically disable some extensions on Windows that may have been added by third party programs without proper acknowledgement from users. The original intent was to give people an option to add useful extensions when installing applications, but unfortunately this feature has been widely abused by third parties who added extensions without user consent. A notification will appear with the option to re-enable the affected extensions.

Download Chrome Beta to give these latest enhancements a test drive. If you dig APIs more than chocolate cake you can get more details on the Web Speech API and this Chrome release over on the Chromium blog.

Voice support is something Google has been pushing hard on Android phones but wants to bring to the desktop more and more. Chrome 25 will give you a list of the extensions it is disabling. If you want to keep some of them, you can click on “Extension Settings.
Here is the full Chrome 25 beta changelog :

  • Improvements in managing and securing your extensions
  • The JavaScript Web Speech API enables speech-to-text on the desktop web.
  • Continued testing of search and the new tab page
  • Better support for HTML5 time/date inputs
  • Better WebGL error handling

Features for developers : Chrome Developer Tools help you debug the web.

The beta can be downloaded here. Once you do, you can check out this demo Google has set up, where you can compose an email by talking. You can also find  more technical details  on the Chromium Blog.