We already know that Google is preparing to bring Google Now notifications to the desktop through its Chrome web browser; the first trace of them appeared in an early Chrome Canary release back in March. But it appears that the feature is nearing closer to its public release.
Chrome users are now being presented with the option to enable Google Now cards on Mac and Windows.
The update was spotted by CNET’s Stephen Shankland, who received the popup on both his Mac and Windows PC. “Enable Google Now Cards,” it reads, then gives users the option to click “Yes” or No.” Furthermore, Google has added the option to toggle Google Now notifications on and off within Chrome’s settings menu.
However, the feature doesn’t actually do anything just yet, Shankland says. Even when enabled, it’s largely useless, which indicates the feature isn’t quite ready for primetime at the moment. It’s clear Google is gearing up to make that happen, though.
Google Now first made its debut on Android last July, and Google then brought it to iOS earlier this year through its Google Search app. It’s an intelligent feature that provides users with virtual cards with handy information when they need it most.
Cards can include the day’s weather forecast, recent sports scores, stocks information, and upcoming calendar appointments. It’ll even tell you how far you are from your next meeting, and how long it’ll take you to get home when you’re out and about — without you ever having to ask for it.