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Chrome apps to enter into Android and iOS platforms

Google’s Chrome apps will work on iOS and Android mobile platforms via toolchain based on Apache Cordova, an open source mobile development framework for building native mobile apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


Apps from the Chrome web store would be distributed through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store after the applications are wrapped up with a “toolchain”. Google has announced a developer preview of the Apache Cordova “toolchain” for the making the apps compatible for iOS and Android. Developers will be able to submit their apps to Google Store and Apple Store after using Cordova.

Last year Google had revealed that the Chrome support for mobile would be released shortly.  Offline support for Chrome apps is also catching up with desktop users and these apps can be easily experienced in mobile platforms with the help of a native code. Since these apps run on a Chrome rendering engine, the apps will not open in a Chrome tab and will function as standalone apps.

“The Cordova toolchain provides a simple workflow for extending the reach of Chrome apps to users on mobile platforms,” said Google Software engineer Andrew Grieve. A future version of Cordova with improvements is expected by the developers as the preview version is only available currently.

Since the apps would be depend on core Chrome API’s and API’s from Cordova’s development framework they will have reduced functionality when compared to native apps. Users can experience the apps in a way that they wont even realize that the running apps on the phone are actually tiny webpages which is provided locally.

[Source: Chromium Blog ] [Via: The Next Web ]

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