What you need to know
- Google plans to replace the built-in Chrome for Android Voice Search with Assistant.
- The upcoming change was spotted in a Chromium commit.
- It's expected to debut in Chrome 85, scheduled for September.
Google is making a common-sense decision to simplify its voice offerings on mobile. Courtesy of comments made on a Chromium commit, it has become clear that the firm is planning to replace the built-in Voice Search in the Chrome browser with a handoff to the Google Assistant.
What this means is that instead of relying on the current Google Voice Search interface, you'll get the newer and more capable Google Assistant to aurally parse your queries.
As per XDA Developers who originally spotted the commit:
Chrome isn't the only place you'll find the old Voice Search. Google still offers the old UI in commonly used places like the Play Store and Photos. As the firm has been building out Assistant as a much more modern, faster, and just plain better service, it has needed to transition for a while now. Hopefully, Chrome is just a harbinger of broader Assistant adoption.
Assistant integration with Chrome is scheduled for a debut with Chrome 85 in September.
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