Google is set to introduce a new 'read aloud' feature in its Chrome browser for desktop users, a functionality reminiscent of Microsoft Edge. Currently available for testing in the Canary version, this feature allows users to control the speed at which articles are read aloud and will soon offer various voice options for an enhanced auditory experience.
The 'read aloud' feature incorporates a thoughtful user interface design element. As the article is narrated, the currently spoken sentence is highlighted, while previously read sections gently fade out. This design makes it easy for users to track their reading progress. Additionally, a button has been included in Chrome to disable this highlighting for users who might find it distracting.
In addition to these auditory improvements, Google is also enhancing Chrome's visual appeal. These changes aim to make Chrome a more versatile and user-friendly browser.
Furthermore, Google is working on another feature for Chrome. In Chrome 117, users will receive proactive alerts when an extension they have installed is no longer available in the Chrome Web Store. This alert will be triggered in three specific cases: when the extension has been unpublished by the developer, when it has been removed for violating Chrome Web Store policies, or when it is identified as malware.
These updates reflect Google's ongoing efforts to refine and improve the Chrome browsing experience for users. The "read aloud" feature, in particular, aligns Chrome with other browsers in offering text-to-speech capabilities, enhancing accessibility and usability for a wider range of users.
While these features are currently being tested in Canary versions, they are expected to roll out to stable versions of Google Chrome in the near future, further enhancing the browser's capabilities and user experience.
Inputs from IANS