Google Now officially lands on Chrome for desktop

Over the coming days and weeks, Google will be rolling out its personal assistant app to Google Chrome users, automatically syncing the service with Android phones.

Over the coming days and weeks, Google will be rolling out its personal assistant app to Google Chrome users, automatically syncing the service with Android phones.

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Google Now won't be for everyone, but, as we have been discovering, it's certainly a useful bit of software. We've been using it integrated with KitKat in the Google Nexus 5, and it's fascinating — it does everything from learning our most visited locations ("work" and "home", extrapolated based on frequency of visit and hours spent there) to sending location-based reminders, to remembering which websites we like to visit while logged into Chrome on our desktops and sending new articles to the Nexus 5 for our reading pleasure.

The service, which is available to download for iOS and Android phones, is now rolling out across to Chrome users in an update to the browser for Windows and Mac.

The new service will show you Google Now cards in your Chrome browser, Google wrote on its support site. "If you use Google Now on your mobile device, you can see certain Now cards on your desktop computer if you're signed into Chrome, including weather, sports scores, commute traffic, and event reminders cards. Some of these cards may be based on the location of your mobile device."

This means the connection is now two-way; what you look at on your phone can be sent to your desktop as well as the other way around.

If you don't want to use it, don't worry — the service will only be available to users who already have Google Now active on their smartphones and who are signed into Chrome using the same account they use on their phones. If you want to disable it, Google has posted instructions on its support website.

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