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Google Chrome Gets Speech Input Feature

Google plans on bringing voice recognition abilities to its Chrome web browser, the company has announced.

In a blog post, the company said that it was updating the Chrome beta channel by bringing the HTML5 speech input API which it has developed with the HTML Speech Incubator Group.

“With this API, developers can give web apps 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 company explained.

Google said that the recorded speech will be sent to servers for transcription after which the text will be written on the screen for the user to read. The company also said that it was releasing a sneak-peak of the 3D CSS API which will allow developers to implement 3D effects on web pages using CSS.

The company also confirmed that beta channel users will also start seeing the new Chrome logo on their browsers in a couple of days.

The new Chrome feature comes as rival Firefox 4 registered almost 5 million downloads within the first 24 hours of its launch, blowing past Internet Explorer 9 which saw 2.5 million downloads within the same time.

You can try out the new Google Chrome speech input feature here.