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Google Now for Mac hinted in latest Chromium update

Google Now for Mac
Google Now showing up for Mac

The know-it-all Google Now app could make its way from mobile devices to Macs soon thanks to the implementation of the Chrome OS notification center in the Mac OS X version of Chromium.

"Mac users will be happy to know that rich notifications are being implemented on Mac," said Chromium Evangelist François Beaufort in a Google+ post today.

"It's still under heavy development but you can play with them by running chrome with the --enable-rich-notifications switch (no flag yet)."

The fact that the Google Chrome browser's open-source counterpart includes these notification cards required for Google Now backs up previous hints about it being tested for Apple desktops.

However, as TheNextWeb notes, the Google Now feature isn't part of the Chromium OS X package just yet, and remains very limited on Chrome OS and Windows machines.

Google Now taking over

While still in experimental stages on computers, Google Now's transition to Macs would be the latest way in which the Mountain View company's software has sunk its teeth into Apple devices.

Google Now launched on iOS last week within the Google Search app for the iPhone and iPad.

The company also had iPhone owners downloading its Google Maps iOS application in droves after the Apple Maps debacle last year.

With Gmail, YouTube and Chrome all available on iOS devices, Google has become one of the more popular developers within Apple's App Store.

More details about Google Now's expansion to computers running Windows, Chrome OS and now Mac OS X could come on May 15, when the Google IO conference begins.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.