Google has recently rolled out OK Google, and the announcement on their Google+ page proves that releasing the app right before Thanksgiving wasn’t an accident. According to the big G’s sales pitch –
“It’s that time of year… the in-laws are coming for a tasty Turkey Day dinner. You’re elbow-deep in your turkey, ready to start the stuffing and you need to quickly calculate how many ounces of walnuts are in a cup. This year, rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop: “Ok Google, how many ounces are in one cup?” Et voila, the cooking can go on.”
Of course, speaking to Google’s search engine isn’t anything new but it does add a nice touch to have a hotword trigger that will activate your microphone instead of actually having to click the mic icon… for those times when you’re elbow-deep in turkey or just otherwise don’t feel like reaching for the mouse, and you don’t have to worry about OK Google getting crazy with everything you say because the app goes into sleep mode after five minutes of not being triggered with the hotword.
In addition to working with general queries and conversion requests, the app can also be used to set a timer, but you’ll need to be running version 31 or later of the Chrome browser to take advantage of the freeware and you’ll need to have a Google tab open and active in order for the app to work.