Google Now breaking free of mobile, headed to Mac and Windows

Google Now is a pretty impressive mobile tool – perhaps still more so on Android than iOS – and it looks like its also headed to the desktop as well. In a new release of the Canary build of Google Chrome for Mac and Windows, the familiar cards based notification system is present. Canary is the developer version of Chrome, so it's not for everyone, but if you want to take a look, you'll need to enable it. Phil Nickinson at Android Central has you covered:

To turn on the notifications, you'll need to enable chrome://flags/#enable-google-now, then relaunch. Make sure you're signed in, and you should start seeing Google Now notifications in either the Windows tray or the Mac system bar.

Apparently, it's pretty slick, and offers up just the same notification cards as you'd get on your iPhone or Android phone. If you want to give it a try, download it at the link below – with caution, remember it's a developer build – and let us know what you think.

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Google Now breaking free of mobile, headed to Mac and Windows


I've never been impressed.. It seems to be more valuable to those that travel.. I don't.. unless I just don't know how to use it.. I know I goto the grocery store every few days, use the local coffee shop and that they are 3-5 minutes way. heh.. don't need a phone to tell me that.

I've never been keen on sharing my daily habits with some faceless organization, Google, Apple or otherwise.. Usually turn most of the tracking features off.. Saves a ton of battery too!

Way more than just that. Location based reminders, birthdays, sports scores, package tracking, nearby events, new show notifications of tv shows you search for often, etc. It's a pretty incredibly impressive "assistant".

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Thanks for the update on this new product by Google. I really don't use many of Google's products to be honest. But, it's always good to know what's out there. Thanks!

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I don't really use Google Now but I'm sure a lot will find this update really handy and useful to have.