Sometimes, app developers have some fancy ideas about fantastic new features that unfortunately are not feasible with the policies of operating system developers.
But then again, sometimes these app developers work for a big enough company that allows them to have their way anyway. And sometimes, when that fancy idea becomes a product, it’s not as good as they hoped it would be.
That’s the case of Chrome’s Notification Center, which Google had to eventually retire because not many users seemed to use it. But as it promises to be a better citizen across different platforms, Google added support for Mac OS X’s native notifications, which was released with the most recent experimental builds of the Chrome browser.
Do you think it’s too big of a deal made out of notifications? Google, however, knows first-hand that if this part of the user experience isn’t done right, it just keeps sticking out like a sore thumb.
When it introduced its own notification center as a separate and disconnected product from the OS’ notification system, Google thought it had the answer. Looking back on the user feedback, it might not have been the best idea.
Consequently, Google called it quits late last year, killing off the feature for good. If you’re not too avid a reader of tech news, you probably didn’t even notice. Why? Because, according to Google itself, virtually no one was using it anyway.
But in spite of the failure, browser notifications are still very important. After retiring its own system, Google must adopt the OS’ own native notification system.
However, there are some benefits to Chrome notifications behaving like any other OS X notification: it means they will respect your other settings, like when it should not disturb you with notifications.
Users will be pleased to hear that Apple’s OS X also utilizes these notifications to remind them about holidays, meetings, and alert about the next time it will restart the computer.
So far, Google is still tweaking some options within the feature, so it’s not enabled yet. There is no news about when the tech giant plans to roll it out to the large public.
If you really hate the custom notifications, you’ll have to stick with using the unstable build of Chrome for OS X and access chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications to turn it on. You must wait patiently until then.
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