New Notifications and Notification Center live on Google Chrome Beta

Notification Center on Mac and Windows

Users of the Google's Chrome know that the browser implements a notification system that can alert users to things that are going on that they might have missed. Now the Chrome team is announcing an updated version of the system.

The new notifications are already live in the Beta version of Chrome. These come with a new, cleaner design and also improved functionality. Users can interact with information directly inside the notification window. Developers will be able to configure these new notification to display much richer info, such as images and quick actions. Replying to an e-mail, for example, can be done directly without the need to actually go to your inbox. Depending on which sites you visit these notifications may be turned on by default or you may need to enable them.

Alongside the new notifications users will also get a Notification Center. This works much like you'd expect, showing a full list of notifications that you might have missed and you can mute certain notifications if you prefer peace and quiet. This feature was first spotted a while ago, and has been present in the Alpha Canary builds of Chrome for some time now. 

Heavy users of Google's browser will definitely enjoy the new features and if you're curious to try them out you can download Chrome beta right now. If not, you can always wait until all the bugs get squashed and the notifications are integrated into the stable release.

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So do any sites actually support these notifications yet? Does it include the Gmail notifications that already worked beforehand?

Indeed, hence me noting that in the article: "This feature was first spotted a while ago, and has been present in the Alpha Canary builds of Chrome for some time now. "

Dot Matrix said,
Looks nice and clean. Very modern.

Surprising to see that from Google of all companies.

I am not surprised at all. Google's Android is offering the best Notifications Solution on the planet, super advance in a visually gorgeous package. Chrome is doing nothing more of taking advantage of these elements.

Now excuse me, I have to go over my 5 miles long Start Screen on Windows 8, to manually and independently scan each and everyone of my tiles to spot some numeric notifications!


I am not surprised at all. Google's Android is offering the best Notifications Solution on the planet, super advance in a visually gorgeous package. Chrome is doing nothing more of taking advantage of these elements.

Now excuse me, I have to go over my 5 miles long Start Screen on Windows 8, to manually and independently scan each and everyone of my tiles to spot some numeric notifications!

Best. comment. ever.

nMIK-3 said,

Now excuse me, I have to go over my 5 miles long Start Screen on Windows 8, to manually and independently scan each and everyone of my tiles to spot some numeric notifications!

how is that any different if all apps start dumping notifications in the notification center?

BajiRav said,

how is that any different if all apps start dumping notifications in the notification center?

1. The only way to currently get Notifications is to pin a Tile in your Start Screen. So you have to have Tiles even for the Apps you do not want to have in front of your face. Otherwize you are not getting Notifications.
2. Even then, Notifications gets display for a limited time, then disappear. So you do not have a place to organize all of them. After they disappear you have to go hunt for them.
3. So now you have to manually go to each and every tile of an App you care in order to catch up with your Notifications. As I said I do not enjoy going over my 5 miles Start Screen and individually check every App Tile
4. The lock screen on most computer/tablets are from 768 to 1080 resolution but only supports 7 small icons of 7 preset apps for Notifications. Total non-sense.

I can go on but I don't think we need more reasons.

A Notification Center will organize all notifications in one place, make them easily accessible, with advance options to interact with them and dismiss them. Like Android, OS X and other major operating systems are doing. It can also host App specific controls, like again Android does, ex. the music controls can be hosted there, instead of appearing random in the screen as they currently do.

Thumbs up to Google, while Windows 8 does not even deliver an integrated, unified Notification Center, Chrome takes super advantage of this major OS flaw and patching this hole.

Until Microsoft wakes up and offers a real Notification Center solution in Windows 8.1, this is going to give people some peace out of the Notification MESS the current solution delivers.

I'm still waiting for the noisy tab indicator, any news on which build this is included in?
I tried Canary 29 yesterday and it didn't have it.

I do have notifications on HypeMachine and have for the last couple versions.

Richio said,
I'm still waiting for the noisy tab indicator, any news on which build this is included in?
I tried Canary 29 yesterday and it didn't have it.

I do have notifications on HypeMachine and have for the last couple versions.


I'm running Chrome 26 stable and it has the notification center junk

I'd rather just have it integrate into windows 8s notification system. Yet another notification center is not helpful. I do realize that it is a cross platform browser, but osx and win 8 both have built in notification centers, as well some Linux distros do. Just use those instead!

sweatshopking said,
I'd rather just have it integrate into windows 8s notification system. Yet another notification center is not helpful. I do realize that it is a cross platform browser, but osx and win 8 both have built in notification centers, as well some Linux distros do. Just use those instead!

yeah, this would be great. Unfortunately Google Chrome metro sucks.

I saw a lot of people posting that they never saw the notification center. I wrote an article that explains how it currently works and one way to make the settings available. You can make the notifications popup by using the Google Music app within Chrome, you just have to turn on Desktop Notifications. Right now, the system tray icon only seems to show up when you have an active notification.

http://www.rbrussell.com/blog/...tion-center-to-chrome-beta/

I was on the dev version too and couldn't do the "ok google" search either, so where are all these magic toys? I've just downloaded the beta and I don't see anywhere to enable these notifications?