For the longest time, Google’s app strategy has had a bit of a somewhat strange twist: You couldn’t easily create apps for Chrome or Android without a full computer. That means using a Chromebook to create Chrome apps required an online IDE or other tools for some purposes. Now Google has a Chrome app to essentially create Chrome apps which can be deployed to an Android phone or tablet. Say hello to the Chrome Dev Editor, notes Google’s François Beaufort.
The end result is both a web app for the Chrome Web store as well as an Android app that could be uploaded to the Google Play Store. And it can all be done from any computer that runs Chrome — since all Chrome apps work when the Chrome framework is present — or a Chrome OS device. It’s early days yet as there are still more features that developers might want to see in the Chrome Dev Editor but it’s a start, not to mention one less potential reason for app makers to need a full computer to build software.
For those interested in the inner workings of the Chrome Dev Editor itself, Google explained it in a 45-minute session at Google I/O, which you can watch below.