Go go gadget Chrome 11! The latest stable release brings bug fixes, speech-to-text features and a brand new look.
Speech-to-text support, a feature developers can add to their website or app, will enable users to click an icon, speak into the computer’s microphone, and have that speech transcribed into text.
This perk is made possible by the HTML5 speech input API. You can see it in action (if you've updated to Chrome 11) on Google's own Translate site, which now features a little microphone icon indicating the feature. Currently, only English is accepted.
Meanwhile, a total of 27 security vulnerabilities are fixed in this release. Google shelled out individual rewards to the bug catchers, which ranged anywhere from US$ 500 to US$ 3,000. The nastiest bug discovered allowed a possible URL bar spoof, leading to navigation errors and interrupted page loads.
If you're eager to speak to your browser or experience a new logo design (I'm personally not a fan — it's kinda flat and boring), hit up the Gear icon and choose "About Google Chrome" — the update will download and on your next restart of the browser, you'll be ready to go.
First-time users can download Chrome 11 here. Installers are available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7; Mac OS X 10.5 or later (Intel only); or Linux in Debian/Ubuntu or Fedora/openSUSE distros.