Some really goods news reached us today, from François Beaufort, a developer who spotted an intriguing addition to the source code of the Chromium open source browser.
A Notification Center has been added in the latest version of the Chromium build for Windows, a feature that opens the path to the integration of Google Now in Chrome and Chrome OS.
According to Beaufort, the new notification feature can be activated using a special flag in the settings. The design and functionality are pretty basic for the moment, but Chromium is often used as a testing ground for features that are then added to the more polished Chrome. A screenshot provided by the French developer shows how notifications might look like, alongside the code that lets developers create the notification in a regular Chrome extension.
Why is this significant? First, because we could all benefit from smarter notification systems, and second, because the feature might represent a precursor to a full blown integration of Google Now into Chrome and Chrome OS.
A truly intelligent virtual assistant that provides information based on context and your behavior, Google Now is currently available on devices running Android 4.1 or higher. The feature is one of the most exciting developments in mobile computing, and we’d love to see it come to PCs running on all platforms.
It isn’t the first time Google Now is mentioned in connection with Chromium. In fact, some of the require code is already in Chrome, so it’s only a matter of time until we get to play with the feature.
Google I/O is scheduled for May, and I really hope for some exciting news on the Chrome front at the event.
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There’s a typo in the article.
“Some of the require code…” You missed out a letter.
Synchronized Google Now notifications in Chrome would rock. Half the time when I get a Google Now notification (traffic/etc), I’m at work and on my computer. If Chrome notified, I wouldn’t have to stop what I was doing, unlock my phone, and check the notification. Maybe this is the start of better desktop/mobile notification integration for Google?
Shut up tom… you dic
I don’t understand why people want Google Now on desktop. Most of what Google Now does is all about being mobile. Places, movies, airports etc. The Places card would pretty much be the same thing EVERY time. Same with weather and movies. Besides mobile, there are extensions for most of what Google Now does all displayed right next to your address bar like weather, traffic, sport scores etc.