Google expands spoken search to desktop computers

June 14, 2011 - 2:15 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Making Google search requests on many office and home computers soon won't require a keyboard.

A feature announced Tuesday will allow people to speak their search requests while sitting in front of their desktop computers just as they already can on smartphones running on Google Inc.'s Android software.

The spoken-request option will be available only on Google's Chrome browser. It will be activated by clicking on a microphone icon inside Google's search box. Chrome users will get the new feature within the next few days.

Google also unveiled a way to get results by dragging digital images into its search box.

The technological tricks are the latest Google innovations aimed at making it quicker and easier to search.