Friday, August 10

Google to Launch Packaged Desktop Apps

Google is introducing new packaged apps that will break out of the browser, work offline by default, and enable richer, more immersive experiences.

Packaged apps will deliver an experience as capable as a native app. Just like web apps, packaged apps are written in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. But packaged apps look and behave like native apps, and they have native-like capabilities that are much more powerful than those available to web apps.


These packaged apps will be supported on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. Check out a screenshot.


When a user opens a packaged app it doesn't have a traditional omnibox (address bar), tab strip, and other browser interface elements no longer appear. Like native apps, they don’t live within the browser. 

Packaged app pages will always load locally which allows apps to be less dependent on the network. Once a user installs an app, they have full control over it. They can open and close quickly, and the system can shut apps down at any time to improve performance. Users will also be able to fully uninstall apps.

Experimental support for packaged app has landed in Chrome Dev Channel and in few release cycles, it will head to stable channel. If you want to try these apps, grab Chromium Dev Build from here and download example apps from here.

Packaged apps will be distributed via Chrome Web Store.

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