Chrome 34 Beta Brings Unprefixed Web Audio, Hands-Free Voice Search, and Responsive Images

Google has finally announced the launch of Chrome 34 beta on Mac, Linux, and Windows. This leading-edge version brings a lot of enhancements, including support for responsive images and hands-free Google Voice Search.

Chrome 34

The latest hands-free Google Voice Search is the most interesting feature in the update. Simply open a fresh tab or go to Google.com via Chrome and then say ‘Ok Google’ and start your search using your voice commands. This specific feature is being unleashed eventually to US English people on all the desktop platforms within the next few days. Moreover, Google notes that supports more languages and Chrome operating system is coming shortly.

To get started with the voice search feature, users should visit Google.com, tap microphone icon, and then click the Enable Ok Google option as they view it in the screenshot above. Once the switch is flipped, you will get 3 examples of what you are allowed to do: perform searches, set a timer, and finally create a reminder for Google Now.

The latest version also brings ‘srcset’ feature, which provides web developers the ability to offer multiple resources in different resolutions for one single image, in the hopes to speed up the page load times, reduce the wasted bandwidth ratio, and ends awkwardly formatted content. While the responsive images means the browser selects the perfect resource that syncs with your device’s capability.

Chrome 34 browser

Moreover, the latest browser also includes an unprefixed Web Audio API in order to introduce Chrome’s implementation of Web Audio in line with W3C draft specification. The company is asking developers to upgrade to the unprefixed version soon, since the prefixed versions have been detracted and will be wiped out in the future release.

Here’s the complete changelog of the latest version:

  • Support for responsive images as well as unprefixed web audio.
  • Added hands-free Google Voice Search functionality in Chrome.
  • Bring supervised users onto new computers.
  • Several new apps/extension APIs.
  • Plenty of under the hood modifications for performance and stability.

One of the most interesting point is the ability to import supervised users. Basically, imported supervised users come with their approval, which syncs across devices automatically. In order to import a supervised user, tap on the Chrome menu available on the browser toolbar, go to Settings, tap on the ‘Add new user’ option in the Users section, and then hit ‘import supervised user’.

This latest version of Chrome is set to roll out in late march or early April.

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