Google is rolling out a beta version of native OS X notifications for the Mac version of Chrome. The browser has thus far used its own internal system for providing notifications in OS X which resulted in several limitations. Namely, the ability to see Chrome notifications required the browser to be running (or in the background with the Chrome menu bar utility active), Chrome notifications weren’t viewable in Notification Center with a user’s other notifications, and they didn’t respect “Do Not Disturb” settings. All of these issues should be remedied with native OS X notification support.
While the feature is still in testing, users on even the stable channel of Chrome can enable it with a new enable-native-notifications flag. Just click the preceding link, or manually navigate to chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications in your Chrome address bar, and click Enable. Quit and relaunch Chrome for the change to take effect, and you should now see your future Chrome notifications arrive via the native OS X notification interface.
The implementation of native notifications for OS X currently present in the stable build of Chrome is reportedly 6 to 12 weeks behind the development of the feature in the experimental Canary builds of the browser, so users willing to put up with some bugs and incompatibilities can get a better look at native notifications with Canary.
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