Chrome apps coming to Google Play

Sample Chrome appAfter bringing offline and pseudo-native Chrome applications, Google has now announced that is ready to take Chrome apps to the next level. The company has released an early developer preview of a toolchain based on Apache Cordova, an open-source mobile development framework for building native mobile apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

This toolchain wraps Chrome Apps with a native application shell, thus allowing developers to distribute their Chrome apps via Google Play like any other Android app.

“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 noted on the Chromium blog.

This development should bring a whole new crop of applications as well as developers to Google Play. Developers can read more about the same at source.


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