Chromebooks get an always listening “OK Google” command


Over the last year, Google added the “OK Google” hotword to both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS computers. It works well but there’s a catch: You need to be on a new, blank tab before speaking. Now, a new experimental feature adds “OK Google” support on a full-time basis for Chromebooks. As long as your Chromebook screen is powered on and unlocked, you can ask away and Google will try to obey your commands according to Google’s François Beaufort who noted the new feature on Friday.

This feature is already available on many [company]Google[/company] Android phones: Android 5.0, or Lollipop, fully supports it, for example. Adding it to a Chromebook in the same fashion is new though. And because it’s experimental, your Chromebook must be running on the Chrome OS Dev Channel. Even if it is, the function has to be manually enabled.

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