Chrome 25 supports voice recognition API

Voice recognition is showing up everywhere lately—phones, tablets, Macs, and even the desktop PC of one of our editors (but only because he broke his finger). Now, web apps are going to hop on the bandwagon, thanks to the latest Chrome release.

As Google announced on its official blog yesterday, the freshly rolled-out Chrome 25 features support for the Web Speech API. Web Speech is pretty much exactly what it sounds like—a way for developers to build voice recognition capabilities into their web apps. You can learn more about it here.

Google has put together a nifty demo of the API in action. I gave it a shot after updating Chrome, and I've gotta say, it works surprisingly seamlessly. It'll be interesting to see if Web Speech makes it into Gmail and other popular web apps soon.

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