Chrome for iOS (Voice Search teaser)

Boy, today must be the day to update your iOS apps. Hot on the heels of major updates for both WordPress and Google Drive comes a new version of Chrome. The update, which brings the app to version 27, includes conversational voice search and other improvements.

We knew Google was planning on bringing its Siri-like conversational voice search feature to iOS—it said so shortly after it added the option to its desktop browser. Now you can perform voice searches in the mobile browser, and get both visual and audible results…

Here’s your full change log:

What’s New in Version 27.0.1453.10

Improved voice search!
-Say what you want and get results back without typing
-Faster voice recognition with text streamed on the fly
-Get answers spoken back to you with web results tailored to your questions

Faster page reloading
-Pages reload faster even when the network is slow or unavailable

Stability / security improvements and bug fixes

With the new voice search feature, all you have to do is tap the large microphone button, say your search query aloud, and view your results—all without typing anything. Some results will even be spoken back to you. Ex: “What day is today?” returns an audible answer.

That’s obviously the biggest improvement in today’s update, but there is one more worth mentioning: faster page reloading. By using the cache more efficiently, Chrome can reload web pages faster—even on slower networks. This is perfect for those on cell networks.

The new voice search alone is worth checking out Chrome 27, even if you don’t currently use the app. Google definitely has it figured out— it’s fast, accurate, and kind of fun to play around with. As always, you can find the new version of Chrome in the App Store, for free.

Have you tried the new Chrome yet? Thoughts?