Google is giving Chromebook users a very nice treat. Meanwhile, Facebook is giving us new Messenger read notifications and the f8 developer conference has been announced.
It’s super easy to perform a voice command on Android devices – simply say “OK, Google” when the screen is on and start talking. Many of us have been wondering when this functionality will come to non-mobile devices, and Google has good news regarding this matter.
Chromebooks will soon be able to take advantage of always-listening voice commands, just like with Android. Chrome evangelist François Beaufort is letting us know this feature is now available in Chrome OS Dev Channel. Simply toggle the chrome://flags/#enable-hotword-hardware flag and you should be ready to go.
Opinion: I have to accept I rarely use these features, but I would find it much more convenient if they were available on a computer. I could just scream my commands across the room and get going.
Instant messaging is all about speed. Facebook wants to make its Messenger experience actually “instant”, so their new update brings significant improvements to speed. But how do we, as users, know if our messages are lagging?
The social network has created a new animation for this. It’s a little circle that changes in shape and form depending on the stage the message is at. It’s a simple concept, so Facebook has put together a neat video for you. Check it out right below.
Opinion: The new Messenger animations are quite interesting. I noticed them last night and though it took me a while to know what was going on, it all made sense after a few minutes.
While Facebook’s f8 developer conference is not as popular as others (at least for consumers), they usually have good announcements there. It seems this year they are going nuts with announcements, though, as they have extended their event to a 2-day conference.
“Facebook’s developer community is bigger today than it ever has been. The scope of the company’s products has broadened, and there’s more content to share than can fit into a single day.”
The f8 Developer Conference is set for March 25th and 26th, with registration opening up early in 2015.
Opinion: What could Facebook have for the consumer at their upcoming event? We know it will mostly be about developers, but with 2 days of action, we can expect a few exciting treats too.