Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

Launcher 2.0 to be released within days

Pac-Man Google game (taken from Google home page on anniversary of Pac-Man )

Google's Chromebooks are about to undergo an overhaul that puts the Chocolate Factory's creepy, predictive search tech – Google Now – at the heart of the firm's OS.

François Beaufort, who describes himself as Mountain View's "Happiness Evangelist", said that Chrome OS fans would soon be able to access a beta version of the software with a new feature dubbed Launcher 2.0.

He claimed that the function was 'the best way to start new activities on Chrome OS, like performing a Google search or launching apps."

Beaufort added in a mangled sentence:

Search has been enhanced to help you find what you are looking for faster, apps you most often use right [sic] have been put at your fingertips, and the power of Google Now has been brought to your Chromebook.

Chrome OS gets Google Now injection. Pic: Google's François Beaufort

Happiness is a warm search gun. Bang, bang, shoot, shoot

Google said on its Chromebook forum that the latest beta would be deployed within the week and will be available here. ®

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