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Google Now Comes to the Desktop in Chrome Canary for Windows and Mac

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As the text on the infamous Ron Paul animation proclaims, it’s happening. (I just preempted you, commenters, so there’s really no need to post that GIF.) Since the debut of Google Now with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, users have been clamoring for a desktop extension of the service. It took a year and a half, but Google Now has finally come to Windows and Mac users as an experimental feature in the Canary version of Chrome.

Using the location of your Android device(s), information such as traffic and commute times, weather, upcoming events, and sports scores will periodically display in Chrome’s Notification Center on desktop (in the menu bar on OS X and the system tray in Windows). The current implementation is fairly basic, but will assuredly improve as it inches towards general release.

Chrome Canary is generally unstable, but if you wish to install it and try out the desktop Google Now for yourself, remember to navigate to chrome://flags/#enable-google-now and enable the setting. You may also need to toggle the flags for rich notifications, sync notifications, and experimental UI for notifications, but I personally didn’t need to.

Via: Google Support

 

  • Steveo

    Athens Ohio on the headline picture of droid life! I’m famous!

    • Kyle

      Represent!

  • John Davids
  • OUcats

    Go Bobcats!

    • Steveo

      *bluntbump*

  • Cowboydroid

    Actually, I’ve typically found Canary to be stable. Never really had an issue with it.

  • Fresh360

    Excuse me Google I would like my NOW in a watch; please and thank you.

  • chudilo

    I’m not seeing the popups. Where are they supposed to show up?

    • ToddAwesome

      System Tray – click the “Chrome – Notifications” bell, make sure everything is checked off you want to see.

  • YEMan0443

    downloaded.

  • Tim242

    I don’t get the excitement for Google Now. I don’t find it useful at all. It is far too inconsistent to even be useful for those that like what it is supposed to do.

    • Sean

      Use it more. Use Google more. It is a fantastic tool.

      • Tim242

        I use Google a lot. Google Now provides nothing for me. I don’t need to be told about commute times every time I depart somewhere. I don’t need random cards cluttering my screen. I don’t need my Gmail duplicated. I also don’t like talking to my phone either. If I type it, I know it will understand what I say.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          For people like you who apparently sit at home all day, yes it’s useless. If you go out somewhere it’s great to be able to see how long it will take to get back home with traffic, how long the commute to work will be, what the weather is like outside, the scores of the latest games, stock prices, etc. I also love being able to search for a location on Google Maps during the day, then when I leave work it’s already in Google Now so I just need to hit navigate.

          • Tim242

            I have a weather widget on my home screen. That’s the only widget I use. I don’t need that duplicated. When I leave work, I don’t need to be told how long it will take to get home. If traffic causes a delay, that’s OK. The travel time estimation is never close to being correct anyway. It is just a novelty, no matter how you spin it. Now, sit on that and spin.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Sounds like you shouldn’t have a smartphone.

          • Tim242

            Sounds like you are an idiot. Google Now does nothing but duplicate everything on a smartphone. I hve used 45 GB of data this month. I think I get plenty of use out of it, without Google Now
            .

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Hint – Remove the several apps you are using to display information that Google Now provides.

          • Tim242

            Really? You can’t be serious. If you delete Gmail and Maps, Now wouldn’t function. Even if it would, it would not provide the full functionality. Google Now won’t show you a weather radar, so I can’t stop using my weather app either. This proves your ignorance

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Wow, this will be my last reply. Obviously I didn’t mean to replace Maps and Gmail. You said Google Now duplicates info that you have apps for, such as your weather widget, sports apps, stocks, etc.

          • Tim242

            I never said anything about sports or stocks. Duplicating Maps and Gmail is redundant. It can’t replace my weather, because I need to know more than the current temp. Google Now is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. It is also very unreliable with recommendations. Even Kellen says he stopped using it.

          • JBartcaps

            I get that you wouldn’t use Now for weather but it does far more than that, therefore because you don’t use it for weather does not mean it isn’t useful. Let me tell you what my Google Now looks like, first thing is a news story related to American Horror Story because I read another American Horror Story article, next is all my sports that played last night (Wizards clobbered the Heat!), then all the stocks that I want to know about, then “New content available” such as changes to websites i visit frequently. then it gets into topics that I regular search or read about such as American Football, Hockey and Basketball, then the weather, then nearby events(I would’ve never known DC has a Rollergirls team) then traffic to get home. There is a whole lot more to Google Now than just weather and gmail.

          • Sean

            Oh boy. Kellen stopped. Must mean it is garbage. Form your own opinion. My guess is he stopped using it shortly after it came out, which makes sense, as it has significantly improved. It doesn’t “Duplicate Maps”, since it provides route info and time to destination, as well as routes to places you have searched for on another device. It is intuitive in a way that your other apps simply are not. You would know this if you didn’t give it a cursory try and only seek the downside.

          • Tim242

            I tried to use it after every “update”. I wanted to like it. But in the end, it is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist….just like smart watches

          • hfoster52

            Should have used the term Pro-Tip not Hint. :)

          • Colin Huber

            45 gigs? How is that possible?

          • Tim242

            It is sometimes more. I use it to power my chromecast. Even without that, I was using 14-20 per month.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            You create a mobile hotspot on your phone and your Chromecast joins it? If you connect to wifi the data is sent over that, not from your phone…

          • Tim242

            I don’t have home WiFi. No point in paying that bill as long as I pay for unlimited data on 2 smart phones.

          • Colin Huber

            So I’m guessing it’s Wi-Fi data, not cellular?

          • Tim242

            No. I don’t have home WiFi

          • Colin Huber

            Wild.

          • Adrynalyne

            It is just a novelty, to you.

            You do know you can customize what cards show, right?

          • Matthew Rebmann

            So it’s novelty because you find it useless? Widgets are novelty items to other people. Just because you have a holier-than-thou attitude about it not being useful to you doesn’t mean it’s not good at what it does. All these commenters below you clearly disagree with you because they actually use it. Chill out. Smartphones are great for choice. Google now is a choice. Opt-out if you don’t like it and stick with the services that make you happy. You’re such a debby-downer sometimes.

          • Tim242

            I merely stated my opinion. It is based not just on my uses, but also its inconsistencies and annoyances. If you like it, great. But stop trying to bury opinions that are different than yours.

          • Adrynalyne

            “But stop trying to bury opinions that are different than yours.”

            Is that not precisely what you are attempting to do?

          • Tim242

            No. Your comprehension skills are lacking. I merely stated an opinion. I never told anyone to stop stating theirs.

          • Adrynalyne

            You are fighting back with everyone disagreeing with you. So yeah, that is exactly what you are implying. Nobody told you to stop stating your opinion either, just to stop treating/stating it as fact. I think you might want to take a look at your own comprehension skills.

          • Tim242

            It’s called defending an opinion. You do a lot of that. If you think I wasn’t being told to stop stating my opinion, your reading comprehension is truly lacking.

          • Adrynalyne

            The only thing lacking is your ability to communicate effectively.

            You might have defended an opinion, but you stated it as fact.

            “It is just a novelty, no matter how you spin it. Now, sit on that and spin.”

            Did you not say that?

            “Sounds like you are an idiot. Google Now does nothing but duplicate everything on a smartphone.”

            Did you not say that?

            Both instances were stated as a fact.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Thanks Adrynalyne. It wasn’t that he had an opinion it was how it was stated that annoyed me and you phrased it perfectly

          • John Legere

            I just hate how every Sunday night it tells me how long it will take to get to work the next day. Exactly what i need. /s

          • Adrynalyne

            So turn off that card.

          • nate

            Its best in urban areas. I live in a small town of about 5000 people and i still like to use it. I stayed in Minneapolis for a few days a couple weeks ago and it was 100x more useful.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            My town is smaller than that and I find it incredibly useful still!

          • Adrynalyne

            I like that it reports tracking number info, movie suggestions, and weather. That is what I use it for the most.

          • Bootleg Zani

            It is literally the thing I use most for my daily commute to and from Manhattan.

    • Fresh360

      Everytime Google Now is mentioned you have the same comment, at 1st I thought you were trollin but you’re not, it just isnt for everyone and I respect that. The good thing about NOW is that it is opt-in, so if someone doesn’t care for ‘assistants’ you don’t have to use it.

      • Tim242

        You must be drunk. I’ve never commented about this subject.

        • Fresh360

          Well it is happy hour somewhere…

  • John Legere

    Where’s our Chrome /Android merge damnit!

    • ddevito

      right after your Sprint/T-Mobile merger

      • John Legere

        I hope Sprint burns

  • Chris Bailey

    It’s not a Nader GiF – it’s Ron Paul!

  • Jack3D

    I just can’t believe that this hasn’t been done yet. Why isn’t there a Google Now landing page? Especially after getting rid of iGoogle?

    FML, I am sick of all the iGoogle imposters, they all suck.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Yeah, now I can get temperature notifications on my desktop :P

    • veRdiKt

      Calm down man. Go create it yourself scrub.

      • Jack3D

        That’s right, only dev’s have a right to complain about anything tech-related… Silly me, I forgot Internet Rule #1.

        I used iGoogle because it saves me time, because I don’t always have a lot of it. I have a full-time job and a family…I don’t know or care to know anything about app/web development. I do donate to those that do good work, though.

        Google eliminated the service I loved, but didn’t offer a suitable replacement. There are other similar services, but none work as well as the old iGoogle did and all are laden with popups and other scripts.

    • Brian Roskamp

      There are a few chrome plugins that simulate the look and feed of Google now (weather, recent news, apps, recent pages). I use it as my default landing page, but I’m hoping for an official release that incorporates the more specific features of Google Now

  • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

    What!? Seriously?!!??!!111???111!!!

  • Philip J. Fry

    I tried to resist, but I caved in.

    http://www.itshappeningnews.com/img/1388244719973.gif

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Noooooooooooooooooooo

    • John Legere

      It really sucks this lunatic had to be featured on the gif.

      • rals

        Lunatic? Take a look at the democratic party to see the real lunatics. God forbid this guy talk about proper monetary system to implement and reducing our country’s debt. But I know it’s a hard concept for you liberals to understand.

        • Tyler Casilio

          The scary thing is how nobody realizes how bad everything really is

        • John Legere
          • rals

            Cool Gif bro….

        • John Legere

          We’re not the ones who think that the body shuts itself down after rape and close bridges ;)

          • rals

            You’re right, you have a website that does that for you (healthcare.gov)

          • John Legere

            Still doesn’t cost more than that shutdown.

        • calculatorwatch

          Hey I’m pretty liberal and I still like Ron Paul. Unlike Republicans who talk about small government but still are all about limiting people’s freedoms, at least when Ron Paul says he wants government to stay out of our lives he actually means it.

      • Bariman43

        Oh for the love of… there’s always that one prick that has to start a political flame war. Now you’ve got the whole comments section in a tizzy because you couldn’t keep your goddamn thoughts to yourself.

  • Chris Bailey

    Not Nader – Ron Paul. :)

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Don’t know how that happened. Fixed!

  • azholio

    Ralph Nader? You mean Ron Paul, right?

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Fixed! Thanks.

  • usaff22

    Will it work on Dev?