After more than a year in development, Google Now is finally available for Chrome on desktops and laptops. The service, which has been available on Android devices for some time, will allow users to view certain Now cards as long as they are signed into their Chrome browser.
Google Now for the Chrome browser will not make all mobile Now cards available, but will still associate cards from location data. Unfortunately, if the mobile Android device connected with the Chrome browser account is not located in the same area as the browser, Google Now cards may not be as topical as expected.
What is Google Now?
Google Now is a personal assistant first made available through the Google Search mobile application on Android and iOS devices and now released for use in the Chrome desktop and laptop browser. First introduced with the Android 4.1 patch, nicknamed "Jelly Bean," and initially available only on the Galaxy Nexus smartphones, the services has continued to be expanded to other platforms.
Google Now uses a verbal interface, which allows the service to answer questions and perform actions within the Chrome and Android environment. Google Now also passively delivers information through cards that are populated with information gathered by repeated actions, such as common search queries, locations, and calendar information, to provide user specific data relevant to time and location.
Google Now on the desktop
Google Now will be slowly rolled out to all Chrome browser users in the weeks to come, but is also available to users who activate the service manually.
To enable the Google Now service in your browser, follow these simple steps:
- First, type chrome://flags in your browser address bar
- Scroll down the page until you locate the entry for Google Now
- Toggle the service to enabled
- Restart your browser for the changes to take effect
If, for some reason, you wish to disable the Google Now service, follow these simple steps:
- Access Google's Notification Center by clicking the bell icon in your system tray
- Click the gear icon to access settings
- Uncheck the box next to Google Now