July 25, 2014

Chrome apps coming to Android and iOS

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chromecolour3Today Google launched an early developer preview of an open-source mobile development framework to bring Chrome apps to Android and iOS.

According to The Next Web, the framework is a toolchain based onApache Cordova, used for building native mobile apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript and developers can use the tool to wrap their Chrome app with a native application shell that enables them to be distributed through the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Through this, basically any Chrome desktop app that run on Windows, OS X and Chrome OS, will be able to run on a mobile device.

TNW noted that for those who don’t know, Chrome packaged apps are written in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, but launch outside the browser, work offline by default, and access certain APIs not available to Web apps. If anything, this may open up mobile development to a lot more people.

For developers building Chrome apps for mobile, they will also have access to numerous APIs. Some exclusive to Android are for payments, to sell virtual goods within your mobile app, and notifications, to send rich notifications from your mobile app.

There are definitely exciting times ahead for the mobile world. Check out the source links below for more info.

The Next Web, Sample Apps, GitHub readme