10 Sep 2013

New Google Technology Aims To Make Apps Run Everywhere

Writing an app that will run on more than one software platform—think Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone—has usually been an exercise in frustration for developers, because it meant creating separate versions for each respective operating system.
This week, on Chrome's fifth anniversary, the team introduced a new twist known as Chrome Web Apps that aims to solve the two main shortcomings of "traditional" Web apps.
Built with HTML5, JavaScript and cascading style sheets, Chrome Web Apps open in their own windows, not the browser. But these apps will work offline and can use hardware (memory cards, cameras, drives) connected to the device they're running on—something that traditional Web apps can't do. The browser itself doesn't even have to be running, although the apps will tap into its native functionality.

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