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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lock in the web? it's about using chrome as a platform for delivery of applications that may run independent from an internet connection if desired. Any developer can target chrome in addition to windows, macos, etc, so the api is apparently not closed.

In the context offered, really how different is this from what java promised to do? the chrome browser just becomes the virtual machine

Actually, it's more like Flash in this regard. You offer up a browser plugin/extension API to give the dev capabilities that they can't normally achieve with HTML. 'It's a nice alternative to web apps', they say. 'It's not tied to just one platform', they say.

Then what happens when this new technology catches on? Devs start coding to this new 'standard', and tell everyone else to go fuck themselves. Instead of creating web apps, they're now creating 'native' apps that require Chrome to work.

Do you remember just a few years ago how you really couldn't get the full web experience without Flash? Do you REALLY want to go back to that, where half the websites you visit say 'this website requires Chrome for optimum' viewing? And when a new platform/OS is released, you hope and pray that Google ports Chrome over to it? And then you start getting shoddy support in platforms with a minority of users, like Linux. This looks to already be happening.

Personally, I don't really like Chrome all that much, so I hope this doesn't happen. If this had been MS or Apple's doing, people would be crying foul, and for good reason. So don't be fooled just becuase it's Google; they're a publically traded corporation, and thus will fuck you just as fast as MS or Apple will, although they might be a little more cunning about it, and sneak in the back door when you're least expecting it ;)

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bnolsen Member since:

I can actually buy this argument.

When it all comes down to it I think it depends on how much control google tries to maintain over chrome and the chrome api, and how rich/complex that api is internally.

If the chrome api is mostly a thin layer that abstracts away mostly OS calls and doesn't promise to provide the kitchen sink then that would make it less evil than something like flash that no one seems to have been able to properly reimplement (or mono/silverlight for that matter).

I know that at one point fltk was ported over to run on chrome NaCl which implied that NaCl itself was fairly low level (I would assume google chrome apps would be NaCl).

Edited 2013-09-06 21:08 UTC

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:

all they are doing is providing an API for people to develop applications against Chrome which BTW will work on their Chrome OS Platform too so not like flash, more like if MS offered their APIs on OS X and Linux and built their tooling to allow software to be compiled against the API and run on all those platforms.

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Hiev Member since:

They are not as innocent as that, under the hood they are trying to track you and lock you in to their products.

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JAlexoid Member since:

And when a new platform/OS is released, you hope and pray that Google ports Chrome over to it?

Or grab source for Chromium and port it over.

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