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Google Bringing Chrome Apps to the Mobile World Through Google Play and iOS App Store

For as long as Chrome has been around, Google treats its browser like its own ecosystem. Chrome Apps are a big part of that, but Google does not want those awesome apps to be tied only to your desktop or browser. Today, Google announced that they are opening up a program to developers that will allow them to bring their Chrome Apps to Google Play and iOS. 

Right now the program is just a developer preview, but it allows for people to take their existing Chrome Apps and easily port them to Google Play. The toolkit provided builds a native application shell around the existing app so that it will play well with the mobile platforms it will find itself on. Google is testing with letting developers run their app in an emulator of sorts or using a new Chrome Apps Developer Tool to get the job done.

If enough developers get behind this idea, Google could put some serious work into it. Think of a day where you can use the same app across your desktop, Chrome browser, phone and tablet. Just the kind of connectivity that Google loves.

If you are a developer looking to get into this program check out the source link below.

Via: The Next Web
  • Philip J. Fry
  • Shawn John

    Hell would freeze over before Apple would decide to do such a feat. Google is good for the technology eco-system and obviously care’s about it’s lifecycle. Cannot say that about Apple.

  • Sean Bello

    can’t wait for Chrome Remote Desktop

  • mtaylor924

    Excited (but not holding my breath) for the Chrome Remote Desktop app to be ported so I can view my desktop while on the go.
    I know there was word that native Android Chrome Remote Desktop was in the works, but maybe this is the faster route?

    • Nathan Borup

      dude… teamviewer has an app for android and pc/mac/linux. it is awesome

    • ScoobySnack

      Microsoft RDP App too

  • Firelight


    • Raven

      It is available for Dolphin . . . just sayin.

  • Carlos Poblano

    The number of comment trolls on this post is too damn high

    • Chris

      Welcome to the Internet. Please return to your berry and cotton picking.

      • John Legere

        That’s rather racist of you.

        • Chris

          you’ll get over it Johnny boy.

  • DoctorJB

    I’m looking forward to a crimson steam pirates port. 😀

  • fauxshizzl

    Would be sweet if this meant I could use the desktop extensions on the mobile Chrome browser. AdBlock and the Chromecast extension would make my phone complete.

  • dmagicp

    Who cares. Dolphin is the only browser for Android.

    • Philip J. Fry

      Yea, maybe in your own little world.

      • dmagicp

        Lol my own little world. Compared to what? A tiny little blog on the Internet? Lmao

    • Raven

      “Only” is a bit much, but I do think it is still the best which is probably why Google is trying to open up Chrome app support on Android to catch up a bit. I know some people like to live in their “Flash is dead” world, but being able to use Flash on KitKat in Dolphin is still rather useful among other features.

      • Chris

        What do you do with flash based websites? websites that require a mouse/pointer to navigate/hover over items to show more items (like menus, lists etc) ?

        • Chris

          Those who down-voted me. Care to share how you would go about doing this?

        • Raven

          Sure, it doesn’t work for full flash nav sites which rely on hover, but it still works for sites that you only need to click on, or more importantly for stand alone Flash applets. One site I use a lot for a volunteer organization that I belong to still uses a Flash based slide show applet to show off pics from its events which works just fine in Dolphin. There are also a multitude of video sites like collegehumor and funnyordie that use Flash video applets that work fine in it. So, there still are many uses for Flash on Android.

          • Chris

            They have YouTube channels too

            Even adobe themselves Said something along the lines of flash MO longer being supported.

    • Tim242

      Dolphin? That Chinese browser that has had a few questionable privacy issues? No thanks.

  • normmcgarry

    This is just some Phonegap/Cordova plugins that mimic the Google Apps javascript SDK, so it allows you to port your code seemlessly into a mobile app. It’s a logical extension, but nothing to get too excited about it. It’s not going to do much for the Android ecosystem. Cordova is sooooooo buggy. And Google doesn’t like it; they just support any type of development.

  • Guest

    Was the mention of iOS really necessary on an ANDROID BASED WEBSITE?

    • Philip J. Fry

      Better call the wambulance

      • Guest

        Better call the a wambulance?

        and you are ok with this? I’m not. If i wanted iOs talk i’d go to an APPLE BASED WEBSITE!

        christ sake ppl!

        • Philip J. Fry

          I hear it coming down the driveway…….

          • John Legere

            Something about this Guest screams Chris.

          • Chris

            News flash: It isn’t.

          • Guest

            Your face screams moron

          • John Legere

            Oh look, it is Chris. No surprise.

          • Chris

            You really need to get over that

        • Chris

          SO? So much going on in the world and you are upset three letters on a website?

        • fauxshizzl

          Wow the mere mention of it offends you? How did you survive the internet up until now?

      • Michael Singer

        How about a whinekken waaburger and some French cries

    • MikeSaver


    • Chris

      Was your comment really necessary?

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I wonder if this would help merge chrome and android

    • Guest

      HOPE SO!

    • zepfloyd

      Eventually, yes, it wouldn’t surprise me. It’ll be a slow journey, but the path is in that direction for sure.

    • normmcgarry

      Unfortunately, this has nothing to do with Android’s Chrome web browser. Totally separate. It’s just a set of plugins that allows you to publish as a Phonegap app without rewriting any code.

    • John Legere

      I hope. Id buy a Pixel, then.

  • Jacob

    If only extensions could work as well…

    • Andrew Taran

      The only question I have : why they can’t implement Chromecast Extension in Android version of Chrome?

      • needa

        i posted on engadget asking if this meant we were going to be getting it. but seeing as it is an extension… i reckon i have my answer. it would be nice though.

      • michael arazan

        With as powerful as phones are now, they could actually run the desktop Chrome Browser on a phone. I would love to see that since this year’s phones will be between 2.3-2.5 Ghz, with 2-3 gb ram. That’s actually more powerful than cheap Desktop PC’s. My old Pavillion that I still use from 2007 is 2.3 ghz with 2 gb ram.

        Just wish Chrome would incorporate Flash into chrome just like the desktop versions. Too much of the internet is still flash only, even major news sites.

    • jamisles02

      Agreed. I wouldn’t use all my Chrome for Desktop extentions on my phone, but LastPass in my Android Chrome would be great.

      • rdm1776

        Zactly! But as dmagicp says, Dolphin has it for now.