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 reduz on Sat 7th Sep 2013 15:36 UTC in reply to "Clever or hypocritical evil?"
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Put tinfoil hat down, what Google is doing is truly, truly amazing technically. Consider the following:

1) This is only meant for Web apps, but soon PNACL will be considered production ready.

2) This means that we will have truly cross platform apps, that run in a safe environment, that can be written in any language, run anywhere, that use standard APIs, and the implementation is open source.

3) This is way beyond what technologies like Java, Javascript, C#, etc. could do or were supposed to do. Imagine the big apps like Photoshop ported to this. Google's aim is to leave Operating Systems like Windows or OSX in the dust and make everything depend on the cloud, this is the missing piece of the puzzle. Yet, everything they make is opensource, so competitors can implement it if they wish.

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