Chrome Beta for Desktop starts rolling out Google Now notification support

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 3, 2014


Although elements of Google Now have existed on the desktop for over a year now, just last month we learned that Google Now notifications were finally making their way over to the canary version of the Chrome browser for PC, Mac and Chrome OS users.

According to Google’s official Chrome blog, the feature is now heading to Chrome beta users as well. While the blog says the feature should be hitting latter this week, there are already reports from some beta users suggesting that the feature is already starting to roll out for some.

So what exactly does Google Notification support mean? Basically you now will get all the same notifications you get on your Android device, provided you’re logged into the same account that you use for your handset and/or tablet. Some of the notification card types include weather, commute traffic and event reminders.

While Google Now notifications update has yet to reach all users just yet, it doesn’t hurt to check your version of the Chrome Beta to see if an update is waiting. For those that don’t already have Chrome Beta, you can download it here. It is important to note, however, that the feature only supports the English language for now, though Google promises wider language support is on its way.

So how about it, has the feature reached your desktop yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below.

  • Jayfeather787

    What’s the difference between chrome beta and canary?

    • A googler

      One has feathers.

    • Tanner Hoyt

      Canary is like Alpha. Really early testers.

    • brianzion

      a canary was used in the early days of mining to detect gas so i guess google uses this same theory

  • brianzion

    its not in the latest dev build?

  • Bradley Uffner

    For those actually trying to figure out how to turn this on. enter this as your URL”chrome://flags/”. then find the Google Now setting and enable it.

  • Sean C