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Google Maps Voice Search for Chrome: First Look

Google Voice Search, once mobile only, now works with any system that runs Chrome. .

Google Maps Voice Search used to be an app for mobile use only. Now it's a free service for mapping and directions that works with any system running Google Chrome, too. I took a look.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. The voice recognition worked better than I expected--though I admit I am great material for voice recognition with my flat, clear accent. Southerners, Texans and New Englanders with regional tones might have a tougher time.

Watch BYTE for my in-depth comparative review of how Google Voice Search stacks up against other players in the near future.

The video below, from Google, shows you how Google is pitching the product. Do you think it lives up to the promise? Try it out and let me know.

Based in Seattle, Steve Krause is a senior contributor at BYTE. Follow him @krausesteve or email him at [email protected].