Chrome Canary Gets Google Now Features on Desktop

by Todd Haselton | January 16, 2014


Chrome Canary, Google’s version of its popular web browser that offers new features for developers and early adopters, at the cost of stability, now has Google Now integration. According to Google System, an enthusiast site, if you have Canary build 34.0.1788 installed, you can type chrome://flags/#enable-google-now in the address bar to enable the service.

Once you have Google Now activated you’ll see notification cards pop up in the Mac menu bar, or down in the Windows system tray. Alerts include information on travel, the weather, sports scores, the time to commute in current traffic conditions and more – basically what you expect from Google Now on your mobile device is now available on your desktop.

The interface looks a little rough right now, at least not as clean as it looks on Android, but we can’t wait for a final build to hit Chrome. We expect it will take a few weeks or months to work out the kinks in Canary before we see a public release, but this is a step in the right direction. We’ve provided a link to Canary down in the source to help get you started.


Todd Haselton

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