With Firefox 4 hitting over five million downloads in its first 24 hours around the globe, Google decided this was the best time to release a beta version of Chrome 11 – bringing with it speech-to-text capabilities.
Google’s constant updating of the Chrome browser shows no signs of abating with the 11th edition coming less than 30 months after it launched in September 2008. While the first thing people may notice about this latest update is the new logo, what is certainly the main new feature is the inclusion of the HTML5 speech input API. Google has been working with a group called the HTML Speech Incubator Group and the result will allow developers create web apps which will have the ability to transcribe your voice to text.
When a web page uses this feature, you simply click on an icon and then speak into your computer’s microphone. The recorded audio is sent to speech servers for transcription, after which the text is typed out for you. You can even give it a whirl for yourself here - though only if you’re using Chrome of course. The other feature Chrome 11 Beta will bring is a peak at hardware accelerated 3D CSS, which allows developers to apply slick 3D effects to web page content using CSS. Reports last month suiggest Chrome was in for a radical over haul but this release doesn;t seem to be it.
You can download Chrome 11 Beta here
Source: Google Chrome Blog