Google started rolling out voice search functionally for Chrome on the desktop earlier today, and now the company has revealed that the same feature is headed to iOS. Chrome for iOS will be receiving voice search in the App Store in the next few days.
You can now speak your searches into the omnibox. Touch the microphone, say your search query aloud and see your results (in some cases spoken back to you), all without typing a single letter.
Like Siri, Google’s Now-like voice search is intended to parse conversational language like, “How many miles from San Antonio to Dallas?” The microphone icon will sit above the built-in iOS keyboard. It’s the same voice search technology that Google recently added to its main iOS app. You can always use Siri to dictate text anywhere in iOS as well.
The upcoming Chrome app update should also improve webpage loading speed. Other iOS apps will also be able to give the option to open links in Chrome and then return to the previous app with a single tap.
We’ll stay on the lookout for this update over the next couple days and let you know when it drops.
- Source Google Chrome Blog