Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Sep 2013 15:22 UTC

The new apps look and behave much like the native apps you find on Windows and OS X. They're built using web technologies, but also with Chrome-specific code that means they won't be able to run on other web browsers - they're truly Chrome apps. They can exist outside of your browser window as distinct apps, work offline, and sync across devices and operating systems. They can also access your computer's GPU, storage, camera, ports, and Bluetooth connection. Chrome Apps are, for now, only available through Chrome on Windows or Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Mac users will have to wait another six weeks before their version of Chrome will be updated.

This is very important for Chrome OS - since this means it can now have applications outside of the browser. Google's plans for Chrome OS suddenly became a whole lot clearer.

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by BallmerKnowsBest on Sat 7th Sep 2013 18:53 UTC in reply to "50 comments so far"
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That's been a trend for a while on OSNews comments, stretching the definition of any negative term so that it can be applied to Google. It's hilarious to see people casting about for any spin they can use to pretend that users are, say, "locked in" to GMail or youTube - the only way they can do it is to redefine "lock in" to mean "providing a service that's good enough that most users have no incentive to switch to the competition." That's practically a textbook example of the fallacy of false equivalence - sorry, but being too lazy & complacent to switch is not the same as being locked-in.

Then, to top it all off, we have folks like Tony Swash acting as if that's some kind of enlightened position - while pretending that everyone who disagrees is a naive hippy viewing Google through rose-colored glasses.

Not that it's any surprise - look through the comments on this story, and the most shrill, knee-jerk "waaaahhh Google is evil waaaaah" sentiments come from the exact sources you would expect: the local Apple Defense Brigrade-slash-Google anti-fanboys.

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