Screenshot hints at Chrome OS notification center and unified messaging app

February 5, 2013
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chrome os notification center Francois Beaufort/Google+

Just last week, we’ve told you about the rich notification center that is supposedly coming to Chrome OS. This week, Francois Beaufort, the same developer that gave us the first clues about the new feature, has come up with a screenshot that shows the notification center in action. Moreover, a mystery new icon in the Chrome OS interface gives us hope that Google is finally close to fixing the giant mess that messaging is now for users.

First, let’s take a look at the notification center. From the first glance, the esthetic reminds us of Google Now and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The notification center appears to be including notifications from Google Plus, but also alerts from emails and chats, as well as missed calls. This is precisely what we’ve been expecting from a “rich notification” center, and we’re very excited to see this feature implemented.

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The second intriguing hint contained in Francois Beaufort’s Google Plus posting refers to the new icon that can be seen on the application bar in the screenshot. Beaufort said he doesn’t know what’s up with the icon, but he ends his comment with a wink, suggesting he’s talking about an upcoming feature he can’t discuss.

The icon features four colored bubbles, which could mean that Google is preparing one messaging service to rule them all. Let’s face it – Google is way behind at creating a unitary platform for communication, so an overhaul of the system was long overdue.

We think we’ll see more details about these new features trickle into the public sphere soon. Stay tuned.

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