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Google Goggles and Voice Search come to desktop browsing

Google’s trio of desktop tricks allow searching by voice or image and pre-rendered web page results

Google Goggles and Voice Search have made the leap from mobiles to your desktop browser. The company’s desktop Voice Search means you’ll have a better excuse to bark at your browser than slow page loads, while Search by Image brings Goggles-esque picture skills to your desktop – drag, drop, search.

In another evolution of the world’s most popular search engine, Instant Pages renders the top search result in the background giving you near-instant access to the most relevant site. In theory. Expect the Instant Pages first in the next Chrome beta release, while Voice Search on Google and Search by Image on Google Images will be with us all soon. Here are the videos explaining each in detail. No word on Google Thought Control yet.


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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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