Google Bringing Chrome Apps to iOS and Android

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
    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.

    Article Link: Google Bringing Chrome Apps to iOS and Android
  2. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
  3. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    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.
  4. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    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.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    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.
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
  7. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I certainly don't mind having these available in the mix! They may not often be the best choice, but no harm done.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2012
    No thanks, Apps that don't snoop on me are better
  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2012
    Reminders?!?!? It has a checklist and due date option
  10. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
  11. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    I believe you missed the sarcasm. It's okay, not all humour is as good as British humour (yes, with a 'u') :p
  12. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
  13. Gwonam, Jan 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2014
    "Currently, Chrome-packaged apps are written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS"

    Ew, that's lame. Is "Chrome" just supposed to mean "inefficiently programmed"?
  14. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Describe to me how those are inherently inefficient.
  15. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    Yeah! How dare they use web standards to make their web apps!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    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.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2009
    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).
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Why is that?
  19. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    irrational fear

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