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Chrome apps are heading to Android, iOS

Google’s desktop Chrome apps may be available on mobile devices in the future. The information comes from Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, a project manager for Chrome apps. Roy-Chowdhury recently talked to The Verge and revealed that their target is to have the apps run on all devices where Chrome runs. However, they are prioritizing desktop first because they have more desktop users.

Chrome apps
Chrome apps

What are Chrome apps?

Roy-Chowdhury recognizes that at this point, many consumers still have no clear understanding of what Chrome apps are.
According to the latest post on the Google Chrome blog, this so-called new generation of apps are powerful, fast, and flexible apps that run offline and outside of the Google Chrome browser. They able to connect to the cloud, provide notifications, connect with USB or Bluetooth devices that are attached to the computer, update automatically, and protect users with security features. They can likewise be launched right from one’s desktop for easier and faster access.

Google currently has 50 Chrome apps in its Chrome Web Store. Some of these are Pixlr Touch Up, Wunderlist, and Cracking Sands, Gliffy Diagrams, Type Fu, Entanglement, The Economist, and Pocket.

Advantages of Chrome apps

Roy-Chowdhury explains that bringing Chrome apps to mobile eventually will benefit developers, since they will no longer need to select between building a web app, a native app, or a Chrome app. Instead, they hope that developers will choose building a Chrome app, because it will be able to run on different platforms.

Meanwhile for the consumers, the move will allow them to sync their apps on desktop and mobile devices, and across different operating systems. The Chrome apps will be made available both Google Play and the App Store, says Roy-Chowdhury.
Nonetheless, there is still no definite time when this will happen, according to Roy-Chowdhury. The only thing he can reveal is that it isn’t happening anytime soon.

via theverge

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  1. Microsoft has been buying “dead companies” at inflated acquisition costs to the tune of billions, and losing. First Skype, now this. Until they create an OS that looks like iOS, no one’s gonna like it. I stopped using Windows 2 years ago, only OS X, iOS, Linux, and Android – all of the same kernel family.

  2. This article shouldn’t end up asking “is it worth it” when in the end it’s for us to decide. At first, I thought the author was going to give his opinion.

    Anyway, I ask myself, is it worth it. The answer is NO. Why? Galaxy Note 2 display and the size still does the job well. Faster, more responsive, sophisticated pen, more app features and all that, in the end, most people end up using Facebook, check emails, playing games, surfing and text messaging. This is what I find like 95% of the time at the cafe and college canteen. That’s just it.

    Galaxy Note 3 is just an additional feature to Note 2 and also more fun factor, specially for those who does not know what to do with their money. Better camera, like crystal clear, faster this and that, zip! Note 2 still has all these features but at minimum or average.

    But a lot of people prefers fancy little things running on their hands. Like Prof Octopus have said, “the power of the sun, is in the power of my hands”. Note 3 seems seriously fun, as of now. The next 3-5 months from now, we might be seeing even more interesting smartphones out there (perhaps a Note 4, you never know!). Note 2 is still fresh salad and Note 3 is just a product to compete with its rivals, at least that’s how I see it. On second thought, I believe Samsung has aimed to make the high-end Note 3 of the series earlier on, but they release the lesser features first; first the Note 1 and then 2. This is just their marketing strategy.

    Well done Samsung.

  3. .

    Oh, guys! I REALLY don’t like that lump for the camera housing or that phony seam rim on
    the edges of the back cover. UGLY! UGLY! That housing actually makes
    the whole thing thicker than it should be. The effect is that they make the whole back
    just plain UGLY! And FAKE LEATHER? Com’on guys. How tacky. Probably has
    fake stitching, too.

    Thank goodness it will be covered by a nice case. With real leather and real stitching.

    Now, that so called “Smart” watch is just plain DUMB. At 1/6 the
    price I wouldn’t want it, as I consider that there are others that
    actually look NICE, have more functionally, and actually cost about 1/2
    as much. Not a chance, Samsung, it is as if you actually WANTED that pig
    to fail.

    Where is the Note 12? That is what I was REALLY hoping for.

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