New Chrome browser beta adds voice recognition API

Chrome 25 beta will also disable third-party extensions installed without users' consent

A new beta version of Google's Chrome browser for PCs can run Web applications controlled via user voice commands, so that people will be able to play computer games and compose documents through speech.

The beta of Chrome 25 features the new Web Speech API (application programming interface), which lets developers include speech recognition features in their applications, Google announced on Monday.

"So, in the near future you'll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things," wrote Glen Shires, a Google software engineer and speech specialist, in a blog post.

Chrome 25 beta on Windows also will automatically disable some extensions that may have been "silently" installed on the browser by third-party applications, something Google first announced in December.

Google allowed the installation of these extensions via a Windows registry mechanism so that users could add third-party Chrome extensions they considered useful.

However, according to Google, the feature has been abused by many developers who have used it to install extensions without users' consent, resulting in potential slowdowns of the browser's operation.

Now, when a third-party application tries to install a Chrome extension, users will be prompted to either allow it or remove it from their computer.

Some previously installed extensions will be automatically disabled, and Chrome will display a one-time prompt giving users a chance to reactivate the ones they're interested in, according to Google.

Chrome 25 beta also includes some security enhancements for developers. For example, developers can now define a list of trusted content sources using the unprefixed Content Security Policy (CSP) HTTP header.

"The browser will only execute or render resources from those sources," wrote Eric Bidelman, a Google Chrome developer advocate, in a separate blog on Monday.

This enhancement using CSP should reduce users' risk of suffering cross-site scripting and content injection attacks, according to Bidelman.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsGooglebrowserssoftware

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?