Google Now notifications added to Chrome desktop browser

After launching as part of Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" in 2012 and later expanding to iOS in 2013, Google is now adding its Google Now notification service to the PC. Today, the company announced that Google Now is being rolled out as part of its Chrome web browser to Windows and Mac users.

In a Google+ post, the company said that all Chrome users should have access to Google Now over the next few weeks. It adds, "To enable this feature, simply sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on Android or iOS."

As with its previous mobile incarnations, Google Now is supposed to offer users quick notifications on subjects such as weather, traffic, sports scores, reminders about events and more based on their locations and habits. In a support page, it indicates that some of the cards will be based on the location of the user's smartphone or tablet, rather than the desktop or laptop.

Based on that same support page, it sounds like not all of the Google Now cards that are available for mobile users will be visible for the desktop version. It states, "You'll only see location based Google Now Cards on your desktop for devices that have Location Reporting turned on."

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I have the feeling Google is turning Chrome into Chrome OS for OS X / Windows. Incorporating a more and more redundant features already offered by the operating system by default. :/

.Neo said,
I have the feeling Google is turning Chrome into Chrome OS for OS X / Windows. Incorporating a more and more redundant features already offered by the operating system by default. :/

And exactly, what's wrong with that?

BTW, where is the redundancy? Redundancy to Windows? If so, that's exactly what Google is trying to do, which is to try and get people to work on the cloud. Seriously, who wants to worry about the PC failing and one losing all their files. I would say that 99.9% of the computing using public are "IT ignorant." Nobody wants to worry about the hassles of maintaining their files on a PC and the machine itself. People want to "set it and forget it" and that is what the whole Google ecosystem is about. Quite frankly, if people still use the basic applications offered by a Windows OS or even Mac OS, then you're kinda like a dinosaur already.

Your pretty much forced into Google+ if you have a recent Android phone. If you don't half the features of your phone won't work.

SK[ said,]Your pretty much forced into Google+ if you have a recent Android phone. If you don't half the features of your phone won't work.

huh? I dont even have G+ installed on my phone and everything works great. I never even go in to G+.

SK[ said,]Your pretty much forced into Google+ if you have a recent Android phone. If you don't half the features of your phone won't work.

My HTC One's like that, can't remove it. Not forced into looking at it either unless you accidentally swipe the wrong way, no big deal. On mine at least you can disable the thing by uninstalling updates and then disabling it, no idea if it'll break Chrome or anything though (I use Firefox anyway), didn't notice any ill effects. So far.