The open source web browser, Chromium, has now been updated with a notification centre for windows. Spotted by, François Beaufort over on Google+ today, and looks like a possible way for Google to bring Android’s new killer feature, Google Now, over to the desktop as well.
I love Google Now and many an Android user would love to see it arrive in Google’s Chrome browser as well. Bringing this to the browser and in desktop, tablet and mobile is an enriching thought. It would make an interesting tool to use certainly.
François Beaufort says, “To see them in action, you need to toggle "Enable Rich Notifications" flag in chrome://flags.”
Adding, “As you probably guessed, this Notification Center will be the perfect hub for Google Now cards.”
Still in development stage and very much an early phase of implementation, this could all change in design, and how it all works of course. Hopefully we will see this in Google Chrome soon and developed on to a base for Google Now.
Also, he adds, the image above details, “how to create a notification within a chrome extension but this also works with regular HTML5 notifications.”
This is all following on from a code revision that the exactly same source, Beaufort, pointed out last month, that Google Now is coming to Chrome. This via revision #171868, the following log message showing this.
Creating a skeleton for Google Now for Chrome implementation.
The CL creates the top-level structure for showing Google Now cards in Chrome via Chrome Notifications.
The implementation lives behind -enable-google-now-integration flag.
So, Google Now Cards will eventually be shown through and via Chrome Notifications, which today we see more development and implementation.
Although notifications have been in Google Chrome a little while now, they have not been aimed at revising it to a Google Now Cards design and focused implement. This seems like a first pathway to getting to the goal. Could it be getting ready for Google I/O? Very possibly.
Google Now, as many Android user will know, is a very powerful tool and feature. Learning from you and your preferences, search history and much more. It’s scary, but very wow. With it coming over to the desktop in Chrome, this could be an even more powerful tool and feature to use across, Chromebooks, the Chrome browser, and your Android devices.
With the possibility of a Google and Android merge always talked about, and Chromebook’s sorely needing extra functionality and features, this could bring much added options and capabilities that people will want. Google Now cards looks to be on it’s way.