"Speech input through HTML is one of many new Web technologies in the browser that help make innovative and useful Web applications like Google Translate's speech feature possible," said software engineer Josh Estelle in a Wednesday blog post.
From within Chrome, users can speak into their computer's microphone to translate text into another language through Google Translate.
The combination of Chrome and Google Translate isn't flawless. In several quick tests by Computerworld, the browser and service transcribed most phrases accurately, but in one instance heard "Good morning, sister ship" when the line was actually "Good morning, Mr. Smith."
Chrome 11 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux from Google's website. Users already running the browser will be updated automatically.
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