Google Now, the search engine giant’s personal assistant for Android 4.0 Jelly Bean, is coming to Chrome browser. As posted on their developer’s log last Friday, Google’s engineers have created an outline to implement Google Now in the browser. This enables the Chrome browser to show cards created by the service as notifications.
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.
Google Now: Becoming a Cross-platform Offering
By integrating Google Now on Chrome, the application now has the capability to become a cross-platform offering. That’s because the search engine giant has available version of their browser for Windows, Mac OS X, and Apple iOS.
The company’s mobile personal assistant is designed to predict the information that a user needs such as daily weather forecast or traffic details. It will be displayed as a virtual card, so that when a user turns on his phone in the morning, Google Now will push it. It also has a voice search function that is similar to Siri.
To many people, the idea behind Google Now may be creepy. That’s because some of them believe that the search engine giant already know too much about them. However, expanding the service of Google Now to Chrome could do good to the company.
By making the mobile personal assistant a cross-platform service, it will establish an over-arching mechanism that will prompt users to check out Google’s other services such as Google Maps, YouTube, Google Aps, Gmail and Google+.
However, it is yet to be known when Google will release their Google Now for Chrome. But when asked by The Next Web about it, a company representative said, “We’re always experimenting with new features in Chrome but have nothing to announce at this time.”
Pumping Up Google Now’s Versatility
On the other hand, Google is also pumping up Google Now’s versatility. In fact, the search engine giant added features to the service last week that is akin to Apple’s Passbook app.
This includes the ability to scan your Gmail inbox for a United Airlines boarding pass, and displays a card with QR code automatically. The card can be used to check in for flight.
As for the impact of Google Now on Chrome, The Next Web said could have massive effect on both Chrome and Android.
The impact this will have on both Chrome and Android could be massive, and while Google has yet to confirm its plans, the appearance of this code in Chromium signals that Google Now features are more than likely on their way to Chrome.