08
Dec
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I hope you like Google Now, because it looks like this product is here to stay for a long time. As we speak, Chrome developers are working on bringing Popular Science's Innovation of the Year to the desktop, instead of keeping it trapped just on your phone or tablet. As it turns out, a "skeleton" framework is already in place for the search product to move in.

Google's not being shy about the existence of this product, but also isn't in a hurry to announce it, either:

Google confirmed that it's working on the project, but stopped short of committing to it. "We're always experimenting with new features in Chrome, so have nothing to announce at this time," spokeswoman Jessica Kositz said.

Is it possible that this won't ever make it to the browser? Sure. It definitely makes a lot of sense, though, doesn't it? While Google Now is fantastic on a phone for discovering nearby attractions, getting movie times, or finding a restaurant, some things are just as suited (if not moreso) to the desktop. Things like package tracking are of interest whether you're home or out and about. Not to mention the "Research topic" card that would probably be more relevant while you're sitting at a computer. "Hey, I saw you were researching the fiscal cliff. Here are a few other related articles." Things like this are brilliant.

Of course, it may be a while yet before we see this rollout. As we've heard before, Google has dozens of new cards to introduce to Google Now. The whole reason they haven't all been added is to not overwhelm users. Since the Chrome framework isn't even finished yet, we can imagine the priority for pushing it out is down the list a bit. Still, it's exciting to know that this product is only going to get better.

Source: François Beaufort via CNET

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • coversnails

    Not sure how useful I'd find Google Now cards on a desktop, they'd have the potential to be annoying popups in a Clippy from Microsoft Word style. Sure they'd probably intergrate it more classily than popups though.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Chrome has native support for desktop popups that are used by, say, Calendar. I can see them using the same framework for Now.

      • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

        I love Chrome's Google Music and Gmail "Desktop Notifications" but in Calendar I think you have to first enable the "Gentle reminders" Labs feature to turn the standard annoying pop-up into those soft and useful Chrome's Desktop Notifications.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          You're probably right. I did that a long time ago since I was sick of it stealing focus.

  • http://twitter.com/Stennan84 Stennan

    Rather then having your most used sites in the empty new tab, they could add cards instead that change in tune to your mail, searches and computer location (country, city etc.). Lets say you own stock in a company that you've previously searched for on Google. All of sudden there is a press release from that company and it shows up as a card in chrome. Preemptive searching here we come.

  • Michael

    They better get college scores up first!

  • Sven Enterlein

    Could this be one of the reasons why they discontinue iGoogle in 2013?

    • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

      Maybe it's also also one of the reasons they've discontinued the customized background images on the Google search homepage.

  • jamaall

    They could make a plug in that you can click on the top right and display it like a phone. If you have the instagram plug in, then you know what I'm taking about.

    They can also have the number of unread cards display over the icon, to let you know when there is a new card, much like the gmail plug in.

    There is a lot of potential for this to be great, can't wait to see what the final product looks like!

  • Freak4Dell

    Hopefully this means that cards like the package one will get more features. Right now, all that does is tell you that a tracking number has been emailed to you. I could just as easily get that information from...well...my email, which is open all the time when I have a browser open.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279884919 Joe Pierce

    The article title is awkward.

    • ZakariyaP

      Phew I'm not the only one who thought this

  • Jacob Sennyey

    The thing that puts me off Google now is that whenever I tweak some settings in my cards it always says that the changes will take effect tomorrow, like it's hard to make a live update. The other thing is that unless I get Google to read my Browsing history. I am stuck with the default cards only a they isn't a way to add more

  • James Jacobs

    Makes sense to marry mobile with desktop for flawless integration across ones day. I've was actually wondering "when" this would happen.

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