First came Google, then came Chrome. Ever since its advent, it has been taking over our desktop and lives and making us more and more dependant on them. The latest iteration of it is the launch of Chrome apps for desktop. The Chrome App Launcher is the hub of all your Chrome apps and with it you have quick access to all of your apps from the desktop. The best part, is that they run independant of your browser. Google says in its blog,
Today we’re unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet.)
In short, its time that Google takes over your desktop too (Beware MS!). Some of the features of Chrome apps for desktop are :
- Ability to work offline.
- Automatic sync to the cloud.
- Desktop notifications and reminders.
- Automatic Updates
- Offline access
- Direct access of apps from Desktop and much more..
To add this feature in your chrome browswer, head to the link here. Chrome Webstore has added a new category named as ‘For your desktop’ which contains all the Chrome apps for desktop. The apps that are present include Google Keep, Pixlr Touch up and Cracking sands (a game). The list is small now, but will definitely rise in future.
The usability of such apps isn’t quite evident now so we will have to wait and watch how these affect the way we use Chrome.