Chrome Apps mosey on over to Macs


Chrome Apps now work on Macs. This illustration shows the Chrome App Launcher on the Mac doc.

Google filled in a missing piece of its Chrome Apps puzzle on Wednesday when it introduced it, at last, has added Mac toughen for its new app-ification of the net.

Chrome Apps are internet apps that function even without a web connection, and so they should be run in Chrome. They can show desktop notifications, they’ve got entry to Bluetooth and USB, and they can interact with digital cameras and different peripherals like native apps. But in addition, they act like web pages, with cross-platform syncing and in-app payments.

The ecosystem has faced criticism for “breaking the net,” an accusation that stems from the fact that so far, the apps that can most effectively are run in Google Chrome, and now not different internet browsers.


“This is the method to ship native apps for Chrome OS,” Chrome engineering director Erik Kay said to CNET when Chrome Apps debuted in September.

As with its Chrome OS and windows counterparts, Chrome Apps on Mac embody a launcher icon so that they can be accessed independently of the browser.

The Mac support follows that Google is further ahead than previously believed with Chrome apps for mobile units. Much like its slightly recent make stronger for Android on Intel x86 processors, Google has a keen hobby in getting Chrome and its ancillary features corresponding to Chrome Apps onto as many devices as that you can imagine.