Google confirms that Chrome Apps will eventually come to mobile

Google confirms that Chrome Apps will eventually come to mobile
Earlier today, Google announced new Chrome Apps that function and look much more like native apps (at least in Windows). This is a pretty interesting development, and one that those of us who work at PhoneArena will be taking advantage of; but, it isn't the type of story we thought we would need to cover since it doesn't apply to mobile devices. Then, a Googler said that Chrome Apps will eventually come to mobile devices.

Okay, those weren't the exact words used. What Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, a project manager overseeing the Chrome Apps project, said was:

That is a pretty ambitious proposition. The idea from a development standpoint is that you write a web app and it will be able to run anywhere Chrome runs, but from a functional standpoint, it's a bit more interesting, because the plan isn't to have the apps installed like an extension, but rather to have them come through your normal channels like Google Play or Apple's App Store. And, since this is Chrome, your apps and data will sync across all of your devices as well. 

There is no timetable set for these plans, but it sounds pretty interesting. Essentially, the idea is that Chrome will make any platform it is on into an HTML5 app platform. It's a bit unclear right now, but this could give smaller developers a much easier way to get apps onto various platforms, although the apps will likely be limited in features since they won't be native code. Of course, with Sundar Pichai as the head of both Chrome and Android, we wouldn't be surprised to see HTML5 apps look more like native apps on Android. 

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9 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Nice thanks to google

2. Furbal unregistered

Pretty darn nice.

3. Plexicle

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

They showed Chrome Apps (Packaged Apps) running on mobile at I/O this year, by the way. I was there when he showed the app on the device and said they were targeting this summer.

4. Plexicle

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Went and found the talk it was in. See @ ~12:45 here: youtube/watch?v=f2tJRXDTMuY

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Merge both stores Chrome Web Store and Play Store... This would be good.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would make more sense.

9. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It could work, I suppose. Android can easily run HTML5, Chrome can get a Dalvik VM implementation, and Chrome has Native Client which I guess could be adjusted to allow native Android apps to run in-browser. It's a longer term proposition, but I think we could see it happen with the way that Google is starting to merge its projects.

6. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

MS should block Chrome browser from running on the Desktop altogether. Force google to write C#/C++/VB apps that only install from the Windows Store

7. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

What would that achieve?

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