A couple months back, in the development notes for the Chromium project, it was mentioned that Google is working on a “skeleton” for Google Now in Chrome, that would be accessible through “Chrome Notifications.” Google commented saying that the company is always experimenting with their products, but they had nothing to announce at the time. Google is still keeping quiet about the project, but with a new addition to Chromium today, it looks like a Chrome-based Google Now is one step closer to an official reveal.
Spotted and detailed by François Beaufort, the latest Chromium build features a new Chrome Notification center. Chromium is an open source project, where Google tends to do a lot of heavy experimenting before pushing products into stable release channels. So there’s a very good chance that Chrome Notification Center will be making its way to the consumer facing version of Chrome.
As for what the new notifications look like, they’re very reminiscent of Google Now even without data rich cards plugged in. Google’s old notification system on Chrome was lacking to say the least. Chrome Notification Center will feature multiple notifications in a clean card-style popup, and will be accessible to third-party developers.
Google Now for Chrome is probably still a ways off, but this practically seals the deal that it is indeed on the way. I can’t even begin to imagine how useful Google Now would be on Chrome, or especially on Chrome OS. Chromebooks could come with a button that when pressed, would open a search card with voice functionality. I’ve been very closing to moving over to a Chromebook lately, this would definitely be the push I need.