While everyone else speculates about new Nexii and what sweet treat the next version of Android will be named after, we’re anticipating some exciting news about Now at Google I/O. Specifically, that it might be coming to both iOS and the desktop. We’ve already seen quite a bit of evidence that the virtual assistant app will eventually land on Apple’s mobile platform and maybe even Chrome. Newly discovered code in a Google page hints that it might just become part of the standard web search interface — provided you opt to turn it on, of course. Source code for the page in testing encourages you to, “get started with Google Now,” because it provides, “just the right information at just the right time.” It also offers you the opportunity to change you home and work locations because, as the explanation goes, “Google Now uses your Home location to show relevant information like weather, traffic conditions, and nearby places.” As you dig through you’ll also find plenty of references to “now_card.”
If Now becomes a standard part of the Mountain View lineup, regardless of platform, it could be huge for a company which already dominates the search market. Not to mention, it might satiate those seven people out there still mourning the loss of iGoogle. We won’t know anything for sure until the wraps are taken off and have reached out to the company for comment, but we anticipate the response will be predictably non-committal.
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Source: Google Operating System, Google