Chromebooks are often appealing to first-time users or those who find Windows or MacOS too intimidating. A recent update to the Chrome OS code indicates that they may become even more friendly. The Chrome Story blog saw two flags in a Canary (alpha) build that indicate that system-wide voice dictation is coming even when the device is offline.
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While Google Docs can perform voice dictation, an active data connection is required, and even that capability is not extended to other OS-level text entry points. Dictation outside of Google Docs currently requires third-party extensions. This is in stark contrast to the Google Android mobile operating system, which has had deep voice integration for years and can transcribe “okay, Google” commands even without a data connection. Connecting via cellular or Wi-Fi increases accuracy and capabilities.
Obviously, having a voice input option would be a huge benefit for anyone who is physically limited in terms of traditional keyboard text input. But I think it could also be huge for anyone who just isn’t comfortable or fast enough with normal typing, especially as Chromebooks become commonplace in educational applications.
Source: Chrome Story via LaptopMag