Update: Google says Now is coming to the beta channel this week, but it is already showing up for us on some machines.

Google Now is one of Android's central features these days, but we've known for a long time that Google was planning to bring it to Chrome on the desktop too. The feature first broke cover in the Chrome canary build, which is a standalone pre-dev version of the browser. Well, now it's on the regular dev channel, and it's enabled by default – no more mucking around with flags.

2-2-2014 1-21-06 PM

The notification icon in Chrome dev should now have all the same cards you get on your Android devices, assuming you are signed into Chrome. This is important because you no longer have to run a second version of Chrome just to see what Now is like. Anyone can move to the dev channel to check it out. You're likely to see some more bugs, but you also get all the latest and greatest features first.

2-2-2014 1-22-19 PM

Now that Google Now has hit the public dev channel, it shouldn't be long before it's in the beta channel. Then some time later it's going to show up in the stable release and Google will announce it like it's a completely new thing, but you know better, right?

[Chrome Support, Chrome dev channel]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • sourabh sekhar

    Android Police team,
    we want a site redesign and you guys have been dropping little hints here and there(4.4 review for example)
    Any ETA?

    • WORPspeed

      They are testing it in their dev channel now, soon in their beta channel and not long after that it will go live. They will announce it as something it like it's a completely new thing, but you know better, right?

      • Jeff718

        It will be announced at Android Police Mobile World I/O Developer's Conference.

        • WORPspeed

          I thought it would be the APE3S MW I/O DDBWHP:
          Consumer Electronic Entertainment Expo Show Mobile World I/O Conference Dev Days Bootcamp Workshop Hackathon pwn2own contest Video music teen choice awards live at the oscars

          ....meh....I overdid it :|

          • Lauren Bryan


            ◆◆◆ ◆𐌯◆◆ ◆𐌧◆◆◆ ◆◆◆Apple's website redesign.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Congratulations for ruining a joke

          • WORPspeed


      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Rolling out to BETA this week.....

        • Cesar

          Is there an APK I can download?

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            No because it is not an Android app - it's part of Chrome on the Desktop.

          • Cesar


    • Deeco

      I'm lost, forgive me, but are we talking about this site redesign?

      • sourabh sekhar

        No I was talking about
        Apple's website redesign.

  • dreadfall

    cant wait to get it on stable

  • Dennis Ulijn

    Anybody else have the idea that a possible Google Now on Chrome stable channel might coincide with a new Android version?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft


      • Joris Griffioen

        Yep, nope.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    I tried it on Canary and while it works.... it thinks my location is somewhere in the North of Scotland. The help pages suggest that you must make sure your Android devices are updating your location, and they are. But it's not making any difference to the Weather card (in Chrome) :( Google Now works perfectly fine on my Android devices.

    • fonix232

      It is using the desktop's location, and as you may know, IP-based locations are not exactly reliable.Hopefully soon it will be switched to something else, e.g. their WiFi based location system.

      • Andrew Loiacono

        I thought they said it was using your android device for location, maybe I missed something.

        • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

          They did.... "

          How Google Now location settings work in Chrome

          Google Now on Chrome shows a subset of the Now cards you see on your mobile device, which uses your device's location. You can edit your location settings (Location Reporting and Location History) on your Android or iOS device at any time.

          Google Now location settings on multiple devices

          If you have Google Now turned on, on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently. You'll only see location based Google Now Cards on your desktop for devices that have Location Reporting turned on." from https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/4414004?hl=en-GB

          • Christofftofferson

            It's really annoying as Google+ in chrome knows exactly where I am, but google searching weather brings up somewhere hundreds of miles away.

            Makes google now in chrome a little stupid if it can't get the location right

  • usaff22

    I swear this happened a couple weeks ago

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

      It happened on the 22nd but we missed it. Now it's a PSA because it needed to be known. Plus, it's coming to beta too.

      • Jakst

        I think it's time to pop the question, what the hell does PSA mean? I've been trying to guess for a long time, but I need an answer...

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

          Public Service Announcement.

  • Josh Blaylock

    I accidentally unchecked the notification for Google Now and it's impossible to get it back. I loved having it on my desktop.

    • Guest

      Um click the gear non the notif center...?

    • Matthew Bohr

      Click the gear or settings on the notif center and reclick it..?

      • Josh Blaylock

        doesn't work like that. Once you de-select Google Now, the notification center doesn't come back.

        • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

          The notification center will come back when you get a notification. The quickest way to do that is install something like AutoRemote and then send yourself a notification to Chrome. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/autoremote/hglmpnnkhfjpnoheioijdpleijlmfcfb

          • Josh Blaylock

            Nope, I unchecked the box to receive notifications for from Gnow. It was an accident and the notification settings box will not come back.

  • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

    If I don't have phone that supports Chrome, can I still use the Google Now on desktop? D:

    • aarmina

      it is a bit tricky to make it work without an android phone! so I would say not really

      • vgergo

        how about iphone?

        • companyemails

          yes, just install the Google Search app and use other google apps connected to Google+ (activate your G+ account). They will start feeding information to each other which will filter into Google Now. You'll need to be logged in for it to work. It works especially well with calendar and to do entries, as well as reminders and travel documents (such as boarding passes).

      • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

        I have an android phone, but it doesn't support Chrome.

  • companyemails

    I've been using this on the dev channel for weeks (2 days after Now went live on Aura) and it is not exactly the same as in Android. In fact the only cards I regularly get are for birthdays, the weather and my commute to and from work. None of the other cards I get on my Android devices show up.

  • blahmoomoo
    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      Was just about to post this link - just got the article in my RSS

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

      We just saw. Ryan is updating. How timely.

      • sourabh sekhar

        Timely eh?

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          Err. the adverb. Not the app. Not punny at all.

  • realitysconcierge

    Man I just hope they fix all the stuff they broke in the last stable release :-

  • Merri Mogridge

    This also works on Ubuntu using the google-chrome-unstable package!

  • Colin Richardson

    They still not fixed the bugs that came up when they released it in Canary.. Why they are proceeding to send it to dev/beta is beyond me.. (Something doesn't work, well, lets rush it along the path to stable as fast as possible)....

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    If only the location support on the desktop wasn't so terribly wrong... o.o