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Google Now cards coming to desktops, spotted in Chrome Canary build

Sam Loveridge


Google Now card notifications arrive in the latest Chrome Canary build
Google Now card notifications arrive in the latest Chrome Canary build

Google Now cards will be coming to your desktop in the future and it’s already in the Chrome Canary build.

Chrome Canary is the experimental version of Google’s desktop browser that is “designed for developers and early adopters”, and is a sign of what’s to come in Google Chrome.

The Google Now feature has been available within the Chrome Canary build since April last year, the Now card notifications can now be received for the first time.

Those using the Chrome Canary build can activate Google Now by enabling the correct flag – chrome://flags/#enable-google-now) and then you’ll need to restart the browser.

The notification card then appears to indicate Google Now has been fully integrated in the Mac menu bar or Windows system tray notification centres.

“If you use Google Now on your mobile device, you can see certain Now cards on your desktop computer if you’re signed into Chrome, including weather, sports scores, commute traffic and event reminder cards”, reads a Chrome support page.

This means many Google Now card types are still missing from the desktop version, including nearby photo spots, activity summaries and stocks. We expect Google will make these available in future Chrome Canary build versions.

“Google Now on Chrome shows a subset of the Now cards you see on your mobile device, which uses your device’s location. You can edit your location settings (Location Reporting and Location History) on your Android or iOS device at any time.”

The arrival of Google Now on desktop PC and Mac devices is a huge milestone in the service’s evolution, but we doubt it will launch to the public anytime soon.

Google has yet to officially communicate the addition of Google Now to the desktop Chrome broser to its users for a start.

Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait for this welcome desktop browser addition.

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Via: The Next Web


January 16, 2014, 7:53 pm

Wow, google now on my desktop. Now I will be able to check the weather on my PC too. Has anyone ever managed to get anything useful from Google Now?

Hamish Campbell

January 20, 2014, 8:56 am

It could tell me the score of the Arsenal game after I watched it each week.

It could also tell me how long it would take me to get to work via public transport each morning....except that it wasn't adjustable so would include a long winding bus journey down to the train station, instead of my usual few minute cycle ride.

Oh and it could also parse the email from amazon about my item being dispatched that had just appeared in my inbox (and the notification bar of my phone).

Other than that it helped me enormously with running down my battery, so that was nice.

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