Today, at the media event in San Francisco, Google introduced speech recognition and computer vision technology to the desktop, and took the next step for Google Instant-Instant Pages.
- Voice Search
To speak your web searches instead of typing them, all you need is Google Chrome 11 or higher and a built-in or attached microphone. Just click on the microphone that appears on the right side of the search box. When you see a dialog bubble appear, speak your search query out loud and your results will show up just as they would if you'd typed the query.
This can be particularly useful for hard-to-spell searches like [bolognese sauce] or complex searches like [translate to spanish where can I buy a hamburger]. Voice Search on desktop is rolling out now on google.com in English, but in the meantime you can check it out in our videos:
- Search by Image on desktop
Now you can explore the web in an entirely new way by beginning your Google search with an image. Learn more about images on the web and your own photos. To start your search with an image instead of text go to images.google.com and click the camera icon. You can copy and paste an image URL, drag and drop it into the search box, or upload a picture from your computer and ask Google to figure out what it is.
Search by Image is rolling out now globally in 40 languages.
Google also releasing Chrome and Firefox extensions that enable you to search any image on the web by right-clicking.
- Google Instant: Instant Pages can get the top search result ready in the background while you're choosing which link to click, saving you yet another two to five seconds on typical searches. As you scan the results deciding which one to choose, Google is already prerendering the top search result for you. That way when you click, the page loads instantly.
"Instant Pages will prerender results when we're confident you're going to click them. The good news is that we've been working for years to develop our relevance technology, and we can fairly accurately predict when to prerender," Google stated.
To use Instant Pages, get the next beta release of Chrome, which includes prerendering (for the adventurous, you can try Instant Pages today with the developer version). It's one more step towards an even faster web.
[Source: Google Blog]