The latest build of Google’s experimental version of Chrome comes with Google Now notifications support on the desktop.


The integration of the search giant’s mobile personal assistant on the desktop version of its popular browser has been present on the experimental Canary builds for a few months, though it didn’t actually do anything up until now. Like the mobile version, Now on desktop shows notifications in card form for things like weather, distance, sports scores, reminders, and more – some notification categories are missing compared to the mobile version, such as stock market information and nearby photo spots, but these will likely be added somewhere down the line in future iterations of the browser.

Google Now isn’t enabled by default at the moment – users will have to enable it by typing in “chrome://flags/#enable-google-now” (without the quotes) in the address bar in the latest version of Chrome Canary, then relaunch the browser and sign in to their Google account, thereby enabling notifications in the Windows or Mac system tray. It’s unclear when the hugely useful service will make its way to the public version of Chrome, though like other features that show up on the experimental builds, it will likely be a while before everyone starts reaping the benefits of Google’s “the right information before you ask for it” personal assistant on the desktop.

Source: Google Operating System