Google updated its browser again today with a pretty significant new feature.
Google’s (GOOG) newest browser, Chrome 11 Beta, has the ability to understand the spoken word. This isn’t just a Java Plugin or Flash tool either. This is all done in HTML5 with something called the HTML5 speech input API.
Speech is a pretty big deal in browsers. Google could add a speech recognition engine to Google Docs that would allow speech to become the source of text input. Also, web apps that could be used while driving would be a great use for speech recognition and could do wonders for the blind as well.
You can currently do voice recognition without using a beta with Chrome’s Voice Recognition search extension as well.