Google Now on Chrome finally comes to Windows and Mac OS

Google now logoIt looks like Google's testing of Google Now Chrome integration for Chrome has come to an end. Google announced that the feature is ready for the masses, and it will be rolling out to the Chrome stable channel over the next few weeks. The design and function are virtually identical to what debuted two months ago in Chrome nightly builds—the same Google Now cards that are present on Android and iOS show up in Chrome's desktop notification panel in Windows and Mac OS X.

Despite the wider rollout, we get the feeling that Chrome on desktop isn't quite finished yet. Most people probably don't even realize Desktop Chrome has a notification panel, and putting Google Now cards there seems like a great way for no one to ever notice them. Chrome's Notification Panel icon shows up as a tiny bell in the system tray on Windows or the Menu bar in Mac OS, and clicking it opens the panel. Google Now cards silently appear behind this icon—there is no popup message, sound, or any other notification that a card is available. We suspect that many users ignore the little bell as "just another tray icon," and as a result, most users won't see any Google Now cards. We were hoping for something in a more prominent position, like on the new tab page, on Google.com, or anywhere in the actual UI of Chrome. Desktop Google Now also isn't a standalone product—it requires that the user have an Android or iOS phone in order to work.

Google Now on Chrome finally comes to Windows and Mac OS

Still, after two months of testing and no interface changes, Google seems happy with the design. The company says the rollout is starting today and will finish over the next few weeks. To join in on the fun you'll need an Android or iOS device with the Google Search app installed, and you'll need to be signed into desktop Chrome with the same account. After that, just repeatedly click that little bell icon and hope Google has a suggestion for you.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Chrome, Google

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