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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RE: Clever or hypocritical evil?
by kristoph on Sun 8th Sep 2013 18:50 UTC in reply to "Clever or hypocritical evil?"
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All companies are generally sociopathic by the nature of their obligations to their shareholders. ( Calling them 'good' and 'evil' is an over simplification IMO ).

That said, there is nothing particularly negative about this action by Google. Google is simply using Chrome as a base platform to build apps upon. You install the apps from the internet and they use internet technologies but they won't realistically replace websites any more then Apple iOS or Android apps do.

Personally I think it would be awesome if we could build Android apps using the platform so hopefully google will make that possible in the future.

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