Chromium Apps – A Sneak Peek Of What’s To Come
It’s almost two weeks after the announcement of the ‘Google Web Store’ and already the Chromium App development channel is full of activity. Hundreds of developers are already jostling to prepare their Web applications in time for the App store’s release which may be in conjunction with the release of the much anticipated Chrome OS.
Chrome OS Site was been able to gain access to a few of these Apps to show you a sneak peak of some interesting developments that may come in handy for you in the next few months. But be warned, the Apps are still at a very basic stage hence as developers begin to get the hang of HTML 5, there will be much improvement over the next few months.
To run these apps you will have to download the dev version of Chrome 6. Instructions on how to do this are at the bottom of this article.
Pictured above is a live support Web App. It enables webmasters to talk to their visitors in real time to solve their various issues. The App was developed by ID: Lynxus on the Chromium App Dev Channel
It seems like a very powerful piece of Software.
If you would like to try it out, visit:
“This is a platform style survival game. Mow down hordes of monsters in the ultimate quest to defend your kingdom! This is a serverless app that is locked to local playhence your best score is saved locally into a shared Object”. The App was developed by Jens Winterstein.
To play the game visit:
This App by Robert Schultz is a solitaire game. It’s an enjoyable little App but what I like the most about it is that it demonstrates the ability to monetarize Apps by adding Adsense as one would do on any website.Again, this is a basic showcase of what HTMl 5 and JS can do; only in the next few months will developers fully get the hang of this new platform to develop fully immersive games. Check out the game at:
This one I left till last because it is an App that doesn’t have a working demo/beta yet but it shows a lot of promise (watch the demo):
TF Designer is a new, web based application for developing html5 canvas based visuals and interactive content. Currently in development, we hope to release an experimental version 0.1 within the next two months, although no guarantees are made.
Instructions – How to enable Apps:
The above Apps can currently only be tested in Chrome. To try them out follow these instructions:
To load installable web apps, you need the Windows Dev channel release of Google Chrome, and you need to start Google Chrome with the –enable-apps flag. The following instructions tell you how to load an installable web app that isn’t yet packaged in a
.crx file — a handy technique while you’re working on an app.
- If you aren’t already using the Dev channel, subscribe to the Dev channel.
Once you’re using the Dev channel, the About Google Chrome dialog says “dev” in the version string.
- Start Google Chrome with the –enable-apps flag. For example, you might create a shortcut with the following properties:
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