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Chrome OS is getting an always-on “OK Google” feature

An update earlier this year enabled Android users to use the “OK Google” command at all times with its always-on update. Previously users could only use the voice command when in the home screen, but the update allowed users to use it anytime. Now “OK Google” has been available for Chrome OS users but if you wanted the always-on feature, you’re in luck.

You can now say “OK Google” to your Chromebook. Well, people running early release software can anyway. The latest early release of Chrome OS has an always-on feature that allows users to jump into voice command mode. All they have to do is get the release on the Chrome Dev channel and then toggle a flag in Chrome OS’ settings menu. Google employee and Chromium source code expert Francois Beaufort explained how to setup the feature through a post published on Google+. Once the voice-command feature is activated on your Chromebook, according to Beaufort, you can say “OK Google” to start using voice commands and conduct searches. Roughly one year ago, Beaufort first announced that always-on voice commands were coming to Chrome OS and even pointed out a way for developers to begin using an early version of the feature.

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