Rumours have been circling since December that Google Now is coming to Chrome. Today’s Chromium update has pushed Google Now to Chrome.
Google’s intelligent personal assistant, Google Now, was released as part of Android 4.1 back in June 2012. It is designed to deliver information to the user that it predicts they will want, based on their search habits and information from other Google services such as Gmail and Calender. The service is exclusive to Android.
However, since December there has been rumours and leaks spotted in the Chromium code. An updated for Chromium has been pushed out today adding a new flag for Google Now. Which will provide Google Now notifications to users using Chrome, it will also open the service up to more users who may not have an Android device.
Currently, Google Now is disabled on Chrome, but the flag is available to be enabled and will work once the Google Now servers have been turned on for Chrome. It is likely Google Now will launch as part of the new Notification Centre coming to Chrome, which is designed to show off card-like notifications for the browser.