We already know that Google Now is coming to Chrome and Chrome OS. Code changes started showing up couple of months ago and then we saw the notifications center of Chrome OS and Chrome getting a redesign. Today there is one more thing to add to that list.
Google Now is now part of chrome://flags page which lists all the experimental features of Chrome and Chrome OS for testing. It has been added as a built in extension.
This is available in the latest Chromium builds.
We can enable the flag from chrome://flags but it is not functional yet because the Google Now URL is still a secret, says François Beaufort.
If you know it though, all you have to do is set
localStorage[‘server_url’] = ‘http://example.com‘; in the background page, he says.
For inquiring minds, here is the commit log.
Google Now component extension now can be turned on via chrome://flags. The server name needs to be set manually in JS debugger via local memory.
TEST=Enable the extension via chrome://flags, set the server via local memory, restart, make sure cards appear. Check this on CrOS and Windows.
When this starts working in Canary, set it up to see cards, wait till next day, update Canary to the next version, make sure cards appear on (1) the first start after the update; (2) following starts.
Google Now has made it to chrome://flags. It won’t be long before we get to see it functional, at least on the Chrome and Chrome OS dev channels.