Chrome Will No More Listen to Your ‘Ok Google’ Voice Search Command

October 24, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It’s quite a hard task to discern the difference brought up by the timely updates of Chrome for desktops. Background bug fixing remains the core of these updates, and those can be visible in its performance.

Yet barely do these updates touch the interface segment of Google Chrome, except for the latest one that transforms your Chrome version to 46.


As usual, Google has brought in some minor tweaks and adjustments for your desktop browser to overhaul its overall performance. But the most noted difference is the absence of a hallmark Google feature, which will be most noted by the voice-preferred users.

With the new update, Google Chrome will no longer be keen to pick up your words if you are trying to activate voice search using the command Ok Google. No, Google is not replacing the command with a new activation word. Instead, it is entirely taking down the activation command for all the desktop variants of Google Chrome.

That doesn’t mean that Google has entirely dropped its voice search features. Users can still carry out searches using voice commands, but they just won’t be able to activate it using the voice command. Instead, they will now have to rely upon the small microphone button that emerges along the search bar in Google’s homepage.

The only reason we believe for this to happen is the apparent lack of interest from users to go with the voice activation command. Ok Google gets triggered only when babbled from Google’s homepage, or when a new tab is opened.

In all other instances, Chrome will remain inert to anything spoken at it; those voice commands get flushed out straight to the bin.

That’s a mess, considering that Google search can be activated from anywhere in a smartphone. And neither does it seem too painful to click the microphone button if you can guide your way until then with clicks and keys.

We also find no threat for ‘Ok Google’ in smartphone devices if that’s the case. But VentureBeat points out that the reason could also be due to the apprehension that Google will be eavesdropping conversations. Be that so, the smartphone future of Ok Google doesn’t look safe either.

As of now, the services are wiped out only from the desktop variants of Google Chrome, which includes Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chromebook edition is to remain unaffected.

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