The beta channel of Chrome has added a new feature to support the HTML5 voice input or speech recognition support in webapps. The immediate application of this is Speech to Text support. Imagine using this with Google Instant search and you can speak and search without having to touch the keyboard.
Already plugins have crept up to take advantage of this feature to add support for searching in services like Bing, Youtube, Wikipedia. Mind you these features are not new to the mobile users of operating systems like Android and iOS. This feature available to native applications will now be available to webapps too.
HTML5 is helping shape the vision behind the Chrome OS in its quest to become the OS of the future. Already, in our yesterday’s post we showed the advancement of webapps in other areas. This takes it further. If you are one of the curious types, have a look at the specification of HTML5 speech input API.
In other news, Bing mobile goes HTML5 too. It is good to go on Android and iOS, but unfortunately Microsoft’s own Windows Phone 7 is unable to take advantage of the just implemented features, where as the UI is more in line with the Metro UI of Windows Phone