Google Now integration may soon become available in Google’s Windows browser and Chrome OS platform, after engineers added a new reference to the feature in the latest Chromium release. Discovered by Chromium enthusiast François Beaufort, a new flag has been added to the Chromium backend, which allows users to enable the option if they know the relevant Google Now server. However, as the feature is not yet public, Google Now cards (or notifications) are not yet displayed.
Google Now on Android is one of the more genuinely exciting developments for that mobile OS in recent memory, and new evidence today signals it’s on its way to the desktop, too.For those on older android versions ( 4.0 and less ), GoogleNow is a contextual digital assistant that generates useful content in the form of ‘cards’ on your phone based on your search habits, location, email activity and more. It can provide local weather, for instance, as well as your travel time home when it’s time to end your day, as well as restaurant and sight-seeing locations when you’re on vacation in a strange place.
Google is trying new and improved ways to enhance is search engine, however being a tech giant, innovation and change has to be on the fore front. GoogleNow for desktop could be that very change. Having already been a success on the smartphone, GoogleNow seems set to reign havoc on Desktop too. It would be a radical change and a welcome additional feature in the Google arsenal.
Think of it as the first real attempt Google has made to come up with a true successor to its primary product, and you can see exactly why the company would want to get it on the desktop. Bringing it to Chrome OS is likewise a smart move, since it can inject some fresh energy into that fledgling desktop environment.
So far, Google has only shown this as a feature in Chrome for Windows and Chrome OS, but a Mac version is also likely to follow. The appearance of this clue in Chromium offers no insight into when it’ll make it to the desktop in a usable, stable form, but the ball is now clearly rolling.