Most of us have had a chance to check out Google Now on Android by now, since it’s been available since the release of Jelly Bean, and its a pretty awesome little app. It combines a lot of super useful search functions with a Siri-esque voice assistant, and in many ways actually beats Siri at its own game. The only problem so far has been that it’s only available on Android devices.
That might be about to change, however, as recent evidence shows that Google is getting ready to bring Google Now to their Chrome browser on desktops. A programmer named François Beaufort has pointed out on his Google+ page that there’s now multiple mentions of Google Now in the Chromium code base, including a chunk of code labeled “Show Google Now notifications in Chrome,” along with some code revisions for “Creating a skeleton for Google Now for Chrome implementation.”
This is great news for desktop Chrome users, especially in the wake of iGoogle’s departure. That departure has now been pushed back until November 2013, but the end of iGoogle is nonetheless approaching, and it likely won’t be getting much developer support between now and then. Hopefully, Google Now will arrive on Chrome sooner rather than later, and we can adopt it as a worthy successor to the personalized homepage and widget arrangements offered by iGoogle for the past few years.
Of course, Google themselves have yet to officially confirm the fact that Google Now is coming to Chrome. These hints in the Chrome code base are the only evidence we have that such a project even exists, and Google is remaining tight-lipped about the future of Google Now. We’ll keep you posted, and let you know if Google makes any sort of official announcement on the subject.