Google Testing Voice Search On

May 2, 2011 • 9:03 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

google speak now searchThe same user who spotted the supersized Google sitelinks is now saying he is seeing a new feature being tested by Google for voice search on

The feature seems to detect if you have a microphone enabled on your computer and if your browser support it. If it does, it adds a "Speak Now" widget to the search bar so you can use Google's voice search feature instead of your keyboard.

He posted a screen shot of the "Speak Now" feature on WebmasterWorld. It looks like this:

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The user promises to not be using the Google Chrome extension Voice Search which seems to be doing the same thing. Do I trust him? I think so. He said, "Not using any extensions this just popped up tonight. From what I understand this was only available with mobile devices in the past."

Another user on Twitter said he spotted this as well. @NatoriousFAT said: "I just discovered the microphone button on Google. I'm never typing a search again."

Anyway, it would not surprise me to see this in action on Google as a test.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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05/02/2011 08:36 pm

guess it makes sense since they already have millions of users on Android using their voice input services


05/03/2011 02:32 pm

I was thinking about this morning...if it was the only option available, how much would it cut down on personal searches at work?

Nihal Nambiar

05/04/2011 10:59 am

This feature is available to me too ... check out attached snapshots! Moreover I found that it is very accurate for most spoken queries!!! Good stuff Google


06/20/2011 08:20 pm

Does it work for you?  Tell you the truth, I don't have problem to type stuff on kb.  This is too early, most of use is keyboard not speech.


06/22/2011 10:05 pm

Visit or search for google experiments and opt in

Darrion Hall

07/22/2011 12:57 am

i gotta say, i loveeeee it, keep up tha good work google


08/07/2011 01:59 am

ya its cool

Michelle Obama

09/05/2011 02:29 am


Miss Sharlet

05/23/2012 04:44 am

the piano keyboard was sweet-very nice surprise to be able to play back--and the speak instead of typing is amazing

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