It appears that Google has big plans for Google Now beyond the Android operating system.
The feature, which serves users relevant information when they are most likely to need it, without them having to search for it on their own, was introduced last year as part of the Jelly Bean version of Android. Since then, evidence pointing to a Chrome-based version, and even an iOS version has been spotted.
Now, it appears Google is even going so far as to test Google Now right on the Google homepage. After being tipped by someone named Florian, Alex Chitu at Google Operating System points to a Google test page with source code suggesting the feature could make its way to the homepage.From Chitu's post:
"Get started with Google Now. Just the right information at just the right time." That's how Google introduces the new feature. "Google Now uses your Home location to show relevant information like weather, traffic conditions, and nearby places," explains Google. You can edit the home location, work location and the current location. Another feature lets you track your favorite stocks.
Google, of course, tests features all the time, and few every become actual features. That said, Google Now appears to be a big part of Google's overall strategy. The company has talked about making search faster by pushing info to users when they don't even realize they need it for years, and with Google Now, we've begun to see this strategy implemented. It only make sense that Google wants to get the feature in front of as many users as possible. I can't think of a better way to do that than by making it part of the immensely popular Google homepage.
But we'll see.