Google’s I/O 2013 keynote last week was very exciting, and while there was no specific Android OS update, there was enough new stuff to cram into the two hour conference that we didn’t specifically need it. During the talk, Google talked about upcoming features being added to Chrome, the browser built on top of open source Chromium, including an always-listening browser and better interaction.
Privacy concerns aside about a browser that can always “hear” what you’re saying, the new conversation element of the searches has just been added to Google Chrome 27. You can access this from a new microphone button that shows up on the Google homepage, and remembers the searches you type so you can make a string of related questions. A classic example being given is asking a question about an individual, and then not using his name in the next search. E.g., “how old is Linus Torvalds” and “where does he live”.
The update also improves page load speeds by 5%, and a number of minor bug fixes and upgrades. These changes haven’t made their way to Chromium yet, but some should do soon.