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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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Google Bringing Chrome Apps to iOS and Android




Google today launched Chrome apps for iOS and Android, which will see Chrome-based apps encased in a native application shell that allows them to be distributed through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Currently, Chrome-packaged apps are written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, but are able to launch outside the browser, access APIs and work offline.

Developers can access an early developer preview of a toolchain based on Apache Cordova, an open source platform for building native mobile applications with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Using the toolchain, developers can wrap existing Chrome Apps with a native shell, which transforms them into apps that can be sold on the App Store.

Example of a Chrome To-Do app running on OS X and Android
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We provide a simple developer workflow for packaging a Chrome App natively for mobile platforms. You can run your Chrome App on a device or emulator using the command-line or an IDE. Alternatively, you can use the Chrome Apps Developer Tool to run your app on an Android device without the need to install an IDE or the mobile platform's SDK.
Google has made multiple core Chrome APIs available to Chrome apps that are designed to run on mobile devices, including automatic sign-in via OAuth2, push messaging, storage, alarms, file system syncing able to store and retrieve files backed by Google Drive, and more.

In addition to the Chrome APIs, developers are also able to access APIs supported by the Cordova platform.

Chrome mobile apps come following the September launch of Chrome apps that work offline by default and function as native applications. In December, Google brought Chrome apps to the Mac, following a beta testing period that began in May. Chrome apps on the Mac are designed to function like native Mac apps, working offline, updating automatically, and syncing on any computer where a user is signed into Chrome.

Developers have the opportunity to begin working with Apache Cordova and their Chrome apps beginning today, but it may be some time before consumers see Chrome apps in the App Store.

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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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No thanks, native apps are better.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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This is great news! A To-Do list app will be a great addition to iOS! It's surprising that nobody has written one already.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:22 PM   #4
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I thought web apps were officially dead.

People expect great performance from their apps, and so far it seems web apps can't offer that. Just look how crappy the old Facebook app was (before it went native), or how slow the App Store app still is.

Maybe Google will be able to do it better, but I'm highly skeptical. Using native APIs and a native, lower-level, compiled language will always be faster no matter what.

Yes, it means developers have to re-code a lot of stuff when developing for different platforms. But the mobile app industry is so big and potentially lucrative that developers shouldn't cut corners.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:25 PM   #5
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Haven't we already established that native apps are the way to go...?

Yes, I'm looking at you, Facebook. At least they got their act together in the end.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:35 PM   #6
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Yo dawg we herd u like apps...
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I certainly don't mind having these available in the mix! They may not often be the best choice, but no harm done.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:42 PM   #8
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No thanks, native apps are better.
No thanks, Apps that don't snoop on me are better
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 12:56 PM   #9
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This is great news! A To-Do list app will be a great addition to iOS! It's surprising that nobody has written one already.
Reminders?!?!? It has a checklist and due date option
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Reminders?!?!? It has a checklist and due date option
I believe you missed the sarcasm. It's okay, not all humour is as good as British humour (yes, with a 'u')
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 02:44 PM   #13
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"Currently, Chrome-packaged apps are written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS"

Ew, that's lame. Is "Chrome" just supposed to mean "inefficiently programmed"?

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"Currently, Chrome-packaged apps are written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS"

Ew, that's lame. Is "Chrome" just supposed to mean "inefficiently programmed"?
Describe to me how those are inherently inefficient.
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"Currently, Chrome-packaged apps are written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS"

Ew, that's lame. Is "Chrome" just supposed to mean "inefficiently programmed"?
Yeah! How dare they use web standards to make their web apps!
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"Currently, Chrome-packaged apps are written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS"

Ew, that's lame. Is "Chrome" just supposed to mean "inefficiently programmed"?
Have you ever developed anything? Even written a simple web page? Because all 3 is essential for web apps and is meant to be used together.
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Haven't we already established that native apps are the way to go...?
For now, yes. But in the future, the difference will be minimal. Facebook jumped on board HTML5 too fast. But I can see a time in the future where they go back to it. And the problem with Facebook using HTML5 was really the way Facebook cached and fetched all of the elements (especially having such a huge userbase). That is not the case with every app so HTML5 could still be usable right now (and you wouldn't even know it).
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Why is that?
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