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Google Now, the personal assistant created for the Android Jelly Bean mobile OS will be featured in the Chrome browser. This news about the Google Now was gleaned from a developers’ log posted on the Internet last Friday by the company. As per the log entry, Google engineers have created a framework to integrate the Google Now in Chrome and have created cards which will serve as notifications.
It will be a revolutionary step to integrate Google Now into the Chrome browser. This will enable the Chrome browser to become a cross-platform. Google creates versions of the browser for Windows, MacOS X and Apple iOS. In sharp contrast, the Apple SIRI works only with Apple devices.
Much akin to the SIRI, Google Now was created to envisage the information needs of the user and then present it in the form of virtual cards. Google Now can give a wide variety of information like the latest weather forecasts, or the traffic information about the way one takes to his work place. It will also feature a voice search function.
Software like Google Now or SIRI has potential to be misused. Already there has been a steady chorus of voices which consider it as an invasion on their privacy. Expanding the Google Now services to Chrome can also be potentially rewarding for Google since it will lead to an increased use of services like Google Maps, YouTube, Google Apps, Gmail and Google+.
It is not clear when the Google Now will finally be integrated into the Chrome. Google has not been forthcoming with information pertaining to the integration. Its spokesman, however, said that Google is experimenting with a couple of new features with the Chrome though presently there is nothing to announce.