Google Chrome 11: New Features Include Text-To-Speech

With the latest Chrome 10 being released a short while ago, followed by its recent victory at the latest Pwn2Own event it seems Google must be doing something right with their rendition of this increasingly popular web browser.

With this success under their belt it would seem that Google are surely the force to be reckoned with when it comes to web browsing, we can only dream how they will improve their next browsing OS, one feature that they seem to have added in their Chrome 11 update is text-to-speech.

According to BGR.com this latest feature has already been added to their beta build of Chrome 11, this new software will allow users to click on an icon and speak into their computers microphone, this sound clip is then sent off to speech servers for transcription, once checked the text is then typed out for you. You can check out the video below to see how well this works.

As well as this feature the company has also added some major improvements and are looking into 3D development, you can read more on this in this post from the Google Chrome Blog, here they talk about the latest additions to the beta which includes a sneak peek of GPU-accelerated 3D CSS.

Although these updates may not seem much at the moment it’s good to see that Google are striving to waive off rivals like Firefox 4 and IE9, these web browsers are also great pieces of software but don’t seem to get the same attention to updates as what Chrome does.

Are there any features you would like to see Google add? What browser do you think is currently the best?

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  • Bill

    It's not text-to-speech, it's speech-to-text (speech recognition).

  • Phil

    Surely that should be speech-to-text?