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[3]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by tkeith on Fri 6th Sep 2013 19:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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They aren't encouraging web developers, they are encouraging native app developers. Chrome is already a capable web browser and supports all the web standards. They are making this for Chrome OS, which is an OS and needs more capable native code than HTML can deliver.

They tried this first with NaCL(making it an open web standard) but no one else wanted on board.

Did you guys even read the article at all?

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RE[4]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by Hiev on Fri 6th Sep 2013 19:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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A browser for native applications?

I don't think so, more like a lock in trojan.

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Lock into Chrome browser on Windows - more like it ;)

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It is also for Chrome for Windows and Chrome for Mac. If this was just an extension of Chrome on ChromeOS so that ChromeOS didn't suck so bad, then fine. But it's not.

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RE[4]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by p13. on Fri 6th Sep 2013 21:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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html/js <----> native

Seriously, i don't understand the obsession with html "applications" these days.

It's like trying to hammer a nail with a diesel pile driver.

It never was, never will be, and never can be native. It's parsed, interpreted and rendered in a browser. Even java is more "native" than this.
html just doesn't have anything that could make it native. Memory management, pointers, hardware access, etc. NOR SHOULD IT.

It's a f*cking markup language. Why won't people stop raping this over and over?

Most web apps are SHIT!

They are either very limited, or very crappy. Don't work with browser x, require plugin y, need flash, java, whatever. Why? Because they are all hacks, built on hacked up libraries, exploiting some loopholes in something that was hacked up on top of something that was never meant to do what it's doing now (yes, i'm talking about javascript).

The only reason that web "apps" are so successful now is that it's (relatively) easy to write something that looks pretty and scale it out with ease.

The junctions between web "apps" and the web itself is that the web started out as a distribution platform. It's all about content, and so are these so called applications.

Here are some cases where web apps (i'll drop the pedantic quotes) work, because it's all mainly about content anyway, and so the app can be seen as a way of formatting/editing/presenting the content:
- Email
- Social media (ugh)
- Instant messaging
- Youtube
- Porn
- Magazines

Wake me up when we can do computational fluid dynamics at a comparable performance to C code, maybe then i'll start paying attention to these ... apps.

I know, i rant. Not everyone agrees. It's nothing personal, i'm not mad at you, or any of your friends. I still love you, it's cool.

Edited 2013-09-06 21:57 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by leos on Sat 7th Sep 2013 04:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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*Slow clap*

Web apps are terrible. Yes they're a ok way to create cross platform apps for minimum cost, but don't fool yourself into thinking they are anywhere close to native apps. They aren't now and they never will be.
But every developer is doomed to make the same mistake. Get excited about things like phonegap and make some apps. Then realize that anything beyond the trivial is clunky, slow, and error prone. Facebook made that mistake and had to trash their whole mobile strategy in favour of native apps. Now their apps are miles better.

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