Google Now Just Might Be Coming To ChromeBy: Chris Crum - December 10, 2012
Google Now may soon be part of the Chrome web browser. A note was discovered on the Chromium (the open source project on which Chrome is based) site, indicating that such an integration is being buit.
CNET, which points to the note (first spotted by Francois Beaufort), confirmed with Google that it is indeed working on this in an experimental capacity. Successful experiments, of course, go on to become features, and Google Now is surely a product Google wants to be successful.
The log message in the note says:
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.
This appears to be the latest sign that Google is indeed working hard to bring its robust roster of products closer together into a more unified experience. The most obvious example of this is Google’s integration into its Google+ social network into its other products.
Last week, Google SVP, engineering, Vic Gundotra said, “Google+ is the next version of Google, so, if you love YouTube, or Chrome, or Search, or Android, or Gmail, or Maps, we’re bringing it all together.”
“Bringing it all together,” just might start to be more apparent from Chrome to Android too. Google has even hinted in the past that Android and Chrome OS could one day converge.
Google appears to be blurring the lines among its products more and more as time goes on.
Google pushed out some new cards for Google Now last week, in an update to its Search App. New cards include Events Nearby, Suggestions to help with research, Boarding Passes from Gmail (United only, but more to come), Search by camera when at museums or shops, Weather at upcoming travel destinations, and the approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity.