Google Brings Chrome Apps To iOS

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Over the last couple of years, Google has been trying to turn its mobile Chrome browser into a sort of meta-operating system in its own right, by allowing Macs and PCs to run dedicated cross-compatible ‘apps’ right within Chrome. It’s actually a cool idea, but because of Apple’s closed iOS ecosystem, it’s been functionality that iPhone and iPad owners can’t take advantage of. But no longer. Google has just brought Chrome apps to iOS.

Like on the desktop, Google Chrome apps for iOS are meant to be launched outside the browser and work offline. On iOS, though, they are essentially just web apps built upon the Apache Cordove mobile development framework, which will allow developers to make mobile apps for Chrome using HTMl, CSS< and Javascript.

Thanks to these Cordova APIs, Chrome apps will gain some functionality not available to web apps, including being able to sign in using OAuth2 without promoting for passwords, pish messaging, salarms, storage, and more.

Chrome apps for iOS are just in preview mode, but they should be rolling out to all Chrome for iOS users in the coming months. If you're interested, check out some of the sample apps here.

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