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Chrome Rich Notifications Launch in Beta

Google’s going bonkers with updates this week. Its search engine now provides top trends, Google Drive for Android received a revamp and the company recently refreshed its Google+ app for Android and the web, among other announcements. That’s not all, though. Google on Thursday said that it’s bringing rich notifications to Chrome. No, we don’t mean wealthy rich, we mean chock-loaded-with-information rich.

Some examples include notifications for reminders, new emails, images shared through Google+ and more. You can even opt to call or send an email to a contact that wasn’t able to reach you, all from a new notification shade menu that will sit in your toolbar in Windows and in ChromeOS. Chrome users can opt to receive notifications for Gmail, Gmail Offline, Google Calendar, Google Drive, third-party apps and extensions such as Spotify or The New York Times.

The rich notifications are available in the latest Chrome Beta but, as we noted earlier, it’s only available for ChromeOS and Windows now. Google said Mac support is coming soon.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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