Firefox Voice is a new experiment in Mozilla that has just been released as a beta release. The experiment introduces voice controls into the Firefox web browser, which is currently only available for desktop versions of Firefox. Interested users can visit the Firefox Voice Campaign website to join the beta and install the Firefox Voice extension in the Firefox Web Browser.
The extension requires more permissions, and firefox Voice is asked if it is allowed to collect voice records and provide them to Mozilla for research, allowing or denying the request. Note that Firefox Voice uses Google Cloud’s voice service. Any voice commands will be sent to the Google service. But Mozilla says Google won’t record the commands.
In fact, Firefox Voice is not the first attempt to introduce voice controls to Firefox. Mozilla launched an experiment called Voice Fill in 2017 to be able to “talk” to search engines.
Firefox Voice is still in the early stages of development and can be used to do these basic things:
Search the web, such as “Search for Japanese restaurants in New York” or “Find recipes on a thousand levels”;
Search for specific websites, such as “Search for tickets for event XYZ in my Gmail” and “Search for CSS grids on MDNs”;
Go to the website;
Play music or videos;
Read the web page;
Browser controls, such as “Close Labels” and “Open New Labels”;
Clipboard activities, such as Copy Title, Copy Link, or Paste;
Translation, for example, “Translate this page into German”
Firefox Voice already supports a number of voice commands. As development is still in progress, the service is likely to have more breakthroughs in the future.
However, Firefox Voice currently only supports English. Activate the Firefox Voice icon in the address bar for use.