Google Spell Up: A Chrome Experiment to Improve Your English
In an attempt to help non-native English users improve their English, Google has released a new Chrome Experiment called Spell Up. It is a free to play voice-activated game which is based on Google’s Web speech API.
Google says that it has worked with game designers and teachers to make Spell Up “both fun and educational.”
Spell Up’s gameplay is very rudimentary. The objective of the game is to correctly spell, pronounce words, solve word jumbles and guess mystery words.
If the player is successful, the words will visually stack on top of each other to form a word tower. The higher the tower gets, the more challenging the game becomes. Stacking multiple towers earns the player bigger bonuses and helps them level faster.
Unsurprisingly, if you fail at any of the challenges presented, your tower will come crashing down with spectacular visuals leaving you feeling euphoric.
Spell up is supported on PC, android phones, tablets and even on iPhones and iPads. By launching Spell Up, Google is essentially showcasing the capabilities of its Web speech API. Spell up which is still in its earliest iterative form isn’t perfect and can take a bit of time to get the hang off.
Since 2009, Google has history of constantly releasing what it calls “Chrome experiments” for its browser Google Chrome in an attempt to highlight the browsers sophistication and reliability.
Last year Google showcased Roll it and Racer in May, Cube Slam in June, and Journey through Middle-earth in November as a part of its ongoing Chrome experiments.
Roll It makes use of Google’s synchronized server and client WebSocket technology, and allows players to experience a modern-day version of the classic boardwalk Skee-ball game.
Similarly, Racer also incorporates the same technology, and allows players build and race their cars along race tracks, which can be aligned across up to five mobile screens.
Journey through Middle-earth allows the Lord of the Rings fans to experience an adventure based game which integrates web technologies such as Web Audio API, Touch Events API, and Full Screen API in one application to deliver an enriched multimedia experience designed specifically for tablets, phones, and touch-enabled desktops.
Earlier this year in January, Google drew attention to its WebGL 3D graphics technology by releasing a chrome experiment which allows users to create and design virtual LEGO projects.
Most recently in March, in an attempt to promote its $35 Chromecast television dongle, Google released a chrome experiment called Photowall which enables customers to display photos onto a TV via laptop, phone or tablet directly.
This chrome experiment takes full advantage of the Google Cast Software Development Kit, which was released earlier this February.
These clever marketing ploys allow Google to remove doubts regarding its web technology and ascertain that it is seriously dedicated towards building a strong platform for cloud applications.
By strongly supporting and constantly advancing chrome web technologies, Google hopes to stir momentum in the developer community. This will eventually lead to more people building better applications which will bolster the quality of the online experience using Google Chrome.