Google Now bar is set to be included in the next version of the Chrome OS launcher, and has been released to beta users. The Google Now cards will provide information like weather, upcoming events based on calendar and others based on the user’s habits and preferences.
Beta channel users are likely to see the Google Now bar in the coming days. The feature is already available for developers, for the addition of new features and is now closer to becoming a stable version. New features include a file manager with material design, auto updating time zone and password protection for zip files.
Any user can change their channel using Chromebook settings, though moving from stable to beta can erase the locally stored content on the device. Once in the beta channel, users might experience regular updating, for the addition of new features.
The Chrome OS launcher is similar to a start button and the addition of multiple features is an added benefit for the feature-rich Chromebooks. Chromebooks are rising in popularity as they are affordable, when compared to desktops and laptops. However, there are limitations in offline use, internal storage and the browser-based work. With the new feature, Google is moving at a gradual pace, to compete with Windows.
Google Now Cards feature was also added to Android recently, for more personalized recommendations for users. Marketers are also likely to benefit from the feature as they will be able to find potential customers. Users can either opt for the developer or beta channel to experience the new feature. However, backing the data is advised.
The complete details of the changes and additions to beta users are listed in the source link. Let us know about the new additions in the Chrome OS launcher, if you are a beta channel user.