I have been reading a lot about the fairly new Google service known as “Google Now”. For those of you that don’t know or have not yet heard of Google now it is a new Google Service that looks to unify all the things that you would normally pick up your phone to do into one easy to use app. More on it here and here. Screenshot below.
It can be downloaded on iPhone so I downloaded it. I have been using it on my iPhone now for about 2 weeks and I love it. I have been using it to check weather and traffic everyday. I also use it to check the opposite before I leave work. Today I searched around to see if it was available for my Chromebook, as I do all the time for services that I like Google related or not. Low and behold I found that it was available in a notification center functionality. I have read a few articles that say that it is in a beta type functionality right now.
To enable Google now on your chromebook or Windows based Chrome browser if you have the Canary build download here:
- navigate to chome://flags in your chrome browser
- Enable Rich Notifications and Google Now
- Reboot Machine for Chromebooks, Close and Reopen Browser for Windows
- After Reboot you will notice this icon in you system tray.
So far there has been a few things that I have found using it that I have found to be a little weird/ annoying.
- To receive notifications from anything i.e. Gmail, Gplus, Etc. you have to have them open as a tab.
- Windows- I will preface this one by saying it might just be my computer that is causing the issue, nonetheless the system tray icon only shows up when there is a notification to view. I had to send myself an email to view the settings page.
- It doesn’t seem as though Google Now is actually integrated yet. Even thought you are enabling the “feature” in the back-end, it doesn’t really seem like it does anything. In other words it doesn’t add any features other than the tray icon.
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- Expansion of packaged apps to Chrome browser signals Google strategy (computerworld.com)
- What is Google planning with Chrome? (androidauthority.com)
- Living With a Chromebook: Can You Live With Just a Chrome Browser? (howtogeek.com)
- ASUS Jumping on Chromebook Bandwagon (laptopmag.com)
- Living with Chromebook: Can you use it to actually get work done? (reviews.cnet.com)