Chrome 11 beta introduces speech to text capabilities

Chrome logo constructed using magnets

As news of Firefox 4’s five million downloads in the first 24 hours of public release emerges, Google have pushed out Chrome 11 beta. The most notable new feature in Chrome 11 is the browser’s ability to transcribe voice to text.

Google Chrome's new logo
Google Chrome's new logo

The feature, which is demoed here, will potentially allow quicker browser searching and address look-up by allowing users to input their desired phrase or address using speech.

Along with speech to text capabilities the next iteration of Chrome comes with a brand-new cleaner icon. Chrome 11 also introduces GPU-accelerated 3D CSS, allowing web developers to integrate 3D effects purely using CSS3 – great for HTML5 app building.

Chrome 11 beta is currently only available to Windows XP, Vista, and 7 users.


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