By Chris Crum at WebProNews:
Google announced that it has launched Google Now notifications in Chrome beta.
If you’re on the beta channel, you’ll be getting notifications via the notification center on Mac, Windows or Chromebook. You’ll need to sign into Chrome with the Google account you already use for Google Now, of course.
“Your friend Steve’s flight from New York is delayed by an hour,” writes Google software engineer Travis Skare. “Your favorite soccer team is up by one point with two minutes left. Your Chromecast has just shipped. If you’re using Google Now, you’d already know all of that information without having to ask.”
“So the next time you’re finishing up emails at your desk, Google Now might suggest that you leave the office a bit early to beat the heavy traffic on the way to your dinner date,” he says. “To view the notifications, click on the bell icon on your desktop (on Mac and Windows) or the numbered box (on Chromebook) to open the Chrome notification center.”
The good thing about Google Now, which will only be more useful with the addition of desktop notifications, is that it gets more useful as time goes on, and Google adds more types of cards.
In November, Google added site updates, traffic incidents and TV recommendations. Here’s a look at all the different kinds of cards it currently offers.
The desktop notifications are only available in English for now. It’s unclear when they’ll be available in the stable release.