Google Now: Mystic Meg search engine coming to a laptop near you!
Google Now, the search giant’s clever new mobile app that predicts the information you need before you even asked, could be coming to the desktop: according to newly unearthed files, it’s being built into the Chrome browser as we speak.
Just this weekend, developers working on Chromium, the open-source version of Chrome whose features often find their way into the consumer release, added a “skeleton for Google Now for Chrome”, revealing that the same Google Now “cards” you get on Android phones would be available a notifications on Chrome, in the same way the browser reminds you of a new Gmail message or Facebook update.
If you’ve not use Google Now before, it’s part Siri, part personal assistant. You can say what you want and it’ll pull up the information for you, but the really smart bit isn’t the impressive voice control, but what goes on behind the scenes.
If you let it, it takes information like your location, calendar events and email content to predict what you’ll need to know before you ask: you can step off a train in a new town, only to find that your phone has popped up with a card showing you the best bus to take to make your next appointment. It’s smart, and it’s only going to get smarter.
Right now, Google Now is only available on Android devices running Android “Jelly Bean” 4.1 or 4.2, but fingers crossed that should change soon. Now, Apple, when can we get Siri on our MacBooks please?