Google Now, a service that claims to give Android and iOS users relevant information at the right time, is now available to PC and Mac users. Google was testing integration of Google Now, which shows cards with real-time information on weather or cricket score, with the beta version of Chrome browser for over a month and on Monday it announced that the service was available on the stable version of the browser.
“If you use Google Now on your mobile device, you can see certain Now cards on your desktop computer if you’re signed into Chrome, including weather, sports scores, commute traffic, and event reminders cards,” explained Google.
Google Now uses location information on a smartphone to serve relevant information. For PC and Mac users, the location information will be determined through a user’s smartphone. The idea here is that if you are using a computer in your office, it is likely that you will have the smartphone with you and hence it will be useful to you if you get a Google Now card on the Chrome browser at 5.30pm, telling you the best way back to home so that you don’t run into a traffic jam.
Google Now, which can be accessed on most Android phones by pressing the home button and swiping upwards, shows information on traffic, local weather, news items and stocks that may interest you and sports scores. It also provides timely notifications. For example, if you have a meeting and if Google Calendar has the details of the meeting, Google Now is likely to give you a notification some time before the meeting, telling you the best way to reach the meeting venue.
Google says that on PC and Mac even if Chrome browser is turned on, it will periodically check for the location of your smartphone “in order to continue showing you relevant Now cards”. But it adds that if you want to turn it off, you can do it from the Chrome’s notification centre, which can be accessed by clicking a bell-shaped button on the bottom right corner of the browser window.