Google Now coming soon to your Chrome New Tab page

Google Now coming soon to your Chrome New Tab page
Google Now is a nice feature. We always had higher hopes for it, and while it is useful (and Google Now on Tap is indispensable) it hasn't quite lived up to the hype (though the promise of Google Assistant could change that). But, while we're waiting on Google Now to get a little more proactive, it looks like we're going to get it in a new place.

It looks like we might soon be seeing Google Now cards showing up on the New Tab page in Chrome. The feature has popped up in the newest version of the Chrome Dev channel for Android which has expanded an option labeled "Show content snippets on the New Tab Page." This flag doesn't exist on desktop Chrome, only Android, and the newest version gives options to show content either backed by ChromeReader or Google Now. 

So far, the suggestions seem to be limited to recent bookmarks and suggested news stories, but obviously the feature is still in relatively early testing. We may see changes as the feature moves through the Chrome levels, and even when it hits the stable channel, it may not be on by default right away. We'll let you know. 


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9 Comments

1. Fona13A unregistered

Great, more bloat for older machines to chug on using Chrome.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For older computer running Windows XP, I prefer Firefox or Opera. They still bother to patch their browsers where else Chrome has ceased support on XP. Most XP computer are working fine so I really don't think Google should cease Chrome support.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

People are still using XP? I haven't seen an XP based machine in probably 5 years, personally haven't used it since 2009. I thought even Microsoft quit supporting it.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its only for phones Which is unfortunate, I'd love Google Now on Chrome Right now I'm using iChromer, which is sort of like Google Now + Widgets Even my 4yr old low-end AMD laptop with 2GB runs it fine (I still test it from time to time)

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

With this, 4 GB+ RAM would be a must. At least make it optional. From my experience, Google hate giving options.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its only for phones at the moment

4. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Google Now on Tap is amazing. I work using my phone to see work orders and with On Tap, it can automatically give me a link to GPS the address on screen as well as call the phone number.

5. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I want to be able to open tabs with search results from google now

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

would be a more helpful feature in desktop rather than phone.

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