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Google Introduce a New Generation of Chrome Apps

Good news for those who have a terrible Internet connection or travel a lot. The Chrome Browser is getting offline support for some of it’s apps!

The so called ‘Packed Apps’ give users the ability to run certain Chrome apps offline as if they were a desktop app with local storage. Though this has been in preview builds of Chrome for some time it’s now releasing to the public and set to make Chrome better then ever before.

Some of the new features that will be applied to your new ‘Packed Apps’ are rather nice. One of which removes all the Chrome like elements including tabs, buttons, etc ensuring you can just focus on the app. You will be able to use USB input devices. Sync for when your back online and much more.

This means that developers can now take advantage of both the Cloud and the native hardware of the machine being used. Looks like things are set to get much cooler for Chrome. At the moment it’s only available on Windows but Mac and Linux will follow soon.

Some other features include:

  • Connect to the cloud: Access and save the documents, photos and videos on your hard drive as well as on Google Drive and other web services.
  • Stay up-to-speed: With desktop notifications, you can get reminders, updates and even take action, right from the notification center.
  • Play nice with your connected devices: Interact with your USB, Bluetooth and other devices connected to your desktop, including digital cameras.
  • Keep updated automatically: Apps update silently, so you always get all the latest features and security fixes (unless permissions change).
  • Pick up where you left off: Chrome syncs your apps to any desktop device you sign in to, so you can keep working.
  • Sleep easier: Chrome apps take advantage of Chrome’s built-in security features such asSandboxing. They also auto-update to make sure you have all the latest security fixes. No extra software (or worrying) required.
  • Launch apps directly from your desktop: To make it quicker and easier to get to your favorite apps, we’re also introducing the Chrome App Launcher for Windows, which will appear when you install your first new Chrome App. It lives in your taskbar and launches your apps into their own windows, outside of Chrome, just like your desktop apps. Have lots of apps? Navigate to your favorite apps using the search box.

To learn more, head over to the Chrome blog and read the news here.