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Video: Testing Out Google’s Conversational Search in Chrome

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If you are a Chrome user on your desktop computer, be sure to update to the newest version that was released this morning as it includes Google’s new conversational search. We first saw conversational search at Google I/O last week in one of the more impressive demos from the keynote, and have been waiting for its release. 

For those not familiar, conversational search allows you to search for items as if you are having a conversation with your computer and Google Search. You aren’t supposed to worry about using specific keywords or commands – instead you should be able to casually ask for search results. All of the magic happens as you speak to Google Search, but it becomes incredibly impressive once you follow-up initial questions with secondary questions, just as if you were having a conversation with someone. For example (also in the clip below), you can ask for the age of a professional basketball player and then follow that question up by asking which team they play for. If Google’s new search works properly, it should answer both, but the second shouldn’t require you to say their name again.

It also works if you want to track packages, check on upcoming flight times, search nearby restaurants, and even find the distance from your location to a place you have recently searched for. It’s impressive.

At this time, it’s missing the “OK, Google” activation command, but will likely arrive before long.


  • Using this now! awesome!

  • Bob

    How did you guys get acess to Search Experiments on your Google Apps account?

  • TechGuy22

    mine doesnt speak…

  • Steve

    Google is an amazing company!!!

  • beyerku

    So many easter eggs: ask it “what’s your name?” and “what’s my name?” and “who are you?”

  • Steve Benson

    Do a barrel roll!

  • valapsp

    Kellex I can see your email when you’re scrolling down. BE ADVISED!!!

  • usaff22

    The query “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” gets you a funny reply.

  • huskerhog

    I gave always been able to click on the speaker symbol in Google Search to use voice input . What is different about this update?

    • Hoffman

      It’s not that you can talk through the mic in your pc, it’s the way that you can speak without having to use specific keywords and that it recognizes previous search subjects.

  • Wyveryx

    I like this feature and can’t wait for the voice activation…can’t help it, I’m lazy! So far though I haven’t been able to hear any responses…
    I wonder if I have some 3rd party extension getting in the way

  • how do u get it to work

    • huskerhog

      In Chrome go to Menu (top right) and go to About Google Chrome. Click it and if you are not up to date it will give you an option to update.

  • Austin Mutschler

    Mine doesn’t have the hot words like yours does.

  • Shawn

    Too bad I have to hit “allow” every single time I want to use this feature. This needs to be changed.

    • Austin Mutschler

      I hit allow once and it works all the time.

  • lye

    It kinda sucks. Needs a lot of work. I can’t even replicate the example in the video.

  • yodatom10

    anyone have any idea to force a chrome update on the chromebook. im dying to try this

    • Guest

      In Chrome go to Menu (top right) and go to About Google Chrome. Click it and id you are not up to date it will give you an option to update.

    • huskerhog

      In Chrome go to Menu (top right) and go to About Google Chrome. Click it and if you are not up to date it will give you an option to update.

  • john

    I have to click “allow” to use microphone EVERY single time I try voice search. Shouldn’t Chrome remember my preference to this permission?

    • You shouldn’t have to. It only asked me once.. Strange

    • NexusMan

      It never asked me. Something must be off in your settings.

  • machine

    Apple decided to add google now to they there list of infringements. http://androidcommunity.com/apple-claiming-google-now-infringes-on-siri-patents-20130522/

  • Myk Robinson

    If anybody cares, the “do a barrel roll” trick works with the browser too 🙂

  • MikeSaver

    how do i update if i havent updated

  • hurrpancakes

    I keep wanting to read it as “Google’s controversial search”

    • michael arazan

      Google search is Controversial since they now censor your search by making all searches in moderate safe search or full safe search, they got rid of the option to turn safe search OFF now. This is complete BS

  • I want conversational search on my tablet and phones too.

  • Ben Landwehr

    I want to be able to say, “Ok, Google” to my phone or tablet and Google Now pops up right away instead of going into Google Now and then saying “Google” or clicking the mic button. It’d be so much faster if you ask me, and one more thing we have over siri, not even having to press anything on our phones to do a search.

    • Your battery would also go faster too. lol

      • That’s not Google’s Now’s fault, that’s because battery technology currently sucks. Someday we won’t be limited by the battery to do the cool stuff we want.

        • I didn’t say it was Google’s fault. The battery life would still go down, so I doubt Google would do that.

  • Dylan Patel

    God damn, Portland seems miserable, 52 degrees F and raining.

    • It is. 🙁

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        not as miserable as Tim attending verizon’s crappy press conference

        • Poor Tim…what a disaster that was.

        • Hey, I had a good time. I was laughing the whole time. I’m more upset about this heat! I wasn’t built for 90 degrees! 😛

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            Oh yeah, i forgot it was Vegas. I was so disappointed that there was no One announcement…

    • Damian

      Not as miserable as it being 102 degrees outside of my house….

      • zurginator

        Not as miserable as it being 110 in the building at work. And no, we can’t wear shorts.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Google is going to rule the world one day.

    • Shane Redman

      Not according to Beyonce….according to Beyonce, girls run the world…but who listens to Beyonce?! pfff

    • feztheforeigner

      One day? More like two days before the day after tomorrow…

      • Capt. Crunch

        Google currently rules everything above this lower line

        • coolsilver

          Not quite NSFW.

          • feztheforeigner

            I thought it was hilarious….damn it got removed

            Also, you just said not quite not safe for work…

            Either pick: NSFW OR not quite safe for work

  • Bionic_Pags

    Suck on that Siri

    • Siri was always a great idea implemented fairly poorly. Google did it right.

      • machine

        Apple decided to add google now to they there list of infringements

        • Steve

          SAMSUNG’s version of Google Now, actually.

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