Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) always has the element of surprise to it. From cool apps to smart gadgets, our favorite search engine and internet giant has it all. Some have even been caught in class saying that “Google knows more than God”, but let’s leave that statement for a different discussion. Currently, the news entails three new developments that will undoubtedly have fans swooning. A Google Chrome experiment that will take us through Middle Earth; rumors about Chromebooks incorporating voice command; and Youtube’s special appearance on the Xbox.
So let’s peek into each of these exciting items and see what this company has in store for us.
Off to Middle Earth
Rumor has it
We were all excited when Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) first announced that its newest version of Android would be taking our commands by saying “ok Google”. But now, Chromium evangelist François Beaufort stated that the vocal feature could extend even further. Although we’ll have to wait a while before the voice addition fully develops, Google could take the basic phrase and add on commands like “open Gmail”, or “chat with Samantha”. The soon-to-come voice function will eventually be able to receive orders for your Chromebook, so keep your ears peaked for this development.
YouTube meshes with the Xbox One
In case you were wondering whether Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s latest game console, the Xbox One, would still be featuring the popular YouTube app, then wonder no more. The answer is yes. As Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced today, the user interface of this editions YouTube app will be like the Xbox 360’s version, but with better voice control and gesture navigation. Apart from displaying play, pause and skip forward controls by saying “YouTube”, you’ll be able to scroll through the videos using gestures. Another perky addition: the app will also provide channels, subscriptions and trending videos.
Disclosure: Melanie Erbar holds no position in any stocks mentioned