|Google conversational search|
A week after it was announced at Google I/O 2013, Google's conversational search is now operational in the latest version of Chrome. With Chrome 27, you can click the microphone icon in the search box on Google.com, opening a dedicated search page that listens for your commands. The results are returned quickly with accuracy.
It also transcribes your queries in real time and lets you use natural language, asking Google straightforward questions and getting straightforward answers, both read back to you by dictation and in actual Google search results.
More interestingly, the new feature also includes semantic search, meaning you can ask follow-up questions without repeating needless info -- for instance, "who's the CEO of GE?" can now be followed up with "how old is he?" and Google will know who "he" is.
Google's contextual search algorithms intelligently relate that to your original question. While voice search has been available in Chrome for a while now, Google Search will soon offer the option to say "OK Google," prompting Chrome to respond with no buttons needed. It will also personalize results if you opt-in to Google's search experiments.
Conversational search is available in the latest stable build, and can be accessed by going to Google’s homepage and clicking the microphone icon in the search bar. So far, I haven’t run into a single connectivity issue or mistaken query, but let us know if your experience differs. Also, Chrome itself wouldn’t detect the update to version 27 on my Mac, so you may have to go direct to the Chrome website and reinstall altogether to get this up and running.
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