Chrome for Desktop Gets Google Now Notifications
Article by George Norman
On 06 Feb 2014
The Google Now service is already available for mobile devices: iPhones and Android smartphones. As of this week, it is available for desktops as well.

You see, the Google Now predictive digital assistant has been integrated with the Beta version of Chrome 33 for Windows, OS X, and Chromebook. Very soon it will move up to the stable version of the browser. And when that happens, every Chrome user will have access to Google Now notifications.


Google Now presents useful information at just the right time. When you get up in the morning, it presents useful information about the weather. When you set off for work, it provides useful information about the traffic. If you purchased movie tickets online, it tells you when to leave and pulls up your tickets when you get there. If your favorite singer will perform at a venue near your location, Google Now will tell you about it. If it is a friend’s birthday, it will notify you about it.

The service works in the background and presents relevant information at the right time. Cards with lots of useful information are presented to you by Google Now. A detailed list of cards and a detailed presentation of Google Now is available here. Click the link if you want to learn more about Google Now.

The news is that Google Now’s availability is expanding. As you may already know, Google Now is available for Android-powered smartphones and for iOS-powered devices. As of this week, Google Now is also available for the desktop. You see, the latest version of Chrome Beta for Windows, OS X, and Chromebook, features Google Now notifications. Sign in with the same Google account you use for Google Now on Android or iOS, and Google Now notifications will be delivered via the notifications center on your Mac, Windows or Chromebook computer.

“So the next time you’re finishing up emails at your desk, Google Now might suggest that you leave the office a bit early to beat the heavy traffic on the way to your dinner date. To view the notifications, click on the bell icon on your desktop (on Mac and Windows) or the numbered box (on Chromebook) to open the Chrome notification center,” explained Travis Skare, Software Engineer.

Information on how to configure notifications in Chrome is available here.

Tags: Google, Google Now, Chrome, Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, Chromebook
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