Google has released a small update to Chrome for iOS. The new update brings some improvements like faster web page rendering, security and stability fixes, and most importantly, the ability to search on Google using your voice. This new voice search is in many ways similar to Apple’s Siri as it also answers you back for certain type of questions.
To search with your voice on Chrome for iOS, first make sure that you’re using the latest version of Chrome v27. If you’re not using the latest version, then update it from the App Store. Once you’ve installed the new version, tap on the address bar (also known as omnibox), and then instead of typing, tap on the microphone bar located above the keyboard.
Alternatively, you can directly tap on the microphone icon from the omnibox. Now you’ll be able to see the voice search prompt where the screen says “Listening…..”
Go ahead and ask your question, and if Google is not able to answer it back, then a Google search will be performed. Note that to use this voice search feature, you need an active internet connection.
If you’re on Chrome for iPhone, then you’ll get an “i” in the lower left corner. Tap on it to get information on what type of questions you can ask. You can ask simple questions like “how tall is Empire State building” or “what’s the weather forecast for tomorrow.”
From the same screen, you can toggle OFF the voice answers, for those who don’t prefer any noise from their iDevices. Strangely this “i” icon is not visible on iPad as tested out by me.
For many of us, this voice search feature is a welcome addition to Google Chrome for iOS.