Google has begun integrating its notification center into Chromium for Mac, paving the way for Google Now for OS X. The Chrome OS feature was first ported to Chromium and then Chrome Canary for Windows back in March, but this is the first time it has been spotted on Mac.
The notification center makes way for Google Now for OS X, and allows Chrome users to receive updates for things like weather, sports scores, flight updates and more on their desktop. It comes just weeks after Google Now made its debut on iOS inside the official Google Search app.
The notification center was first spotted by developer and Google Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, who said in a Google+ post, “Mac users will be happy to know that rich notifications are being implemented on Mac.”
Beaufort also notes, however, that the feature is still “under heavy development,” which suggests it’ll be some time yet before it’s made available to the public. You can try it out if you have Chromium installed on your Mac by following Beaufort’s steps.
As for Google Now, official support is still limited to mobile devices running Android and iOS at the moment. It is available for testing on Chrome OS and Windows, as previous leaks have shown, but the server URL required to activate it is currently being kept secret.