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Chrome Show: Making Chrome Apps on Chromebooks

Finally, the Chromebook Pixel has reached more of its potential. Actually, all Chromebooks have, now that you can create Chrome Apps in a new tool available from Google(s goog). The Chrome Dev Editor is in a preview mode but that doesn’t mean it’s not a capable piece of software. On this week’s podcast, we discuss why this tool is important and what it means in Google’s overall Chrome strategy. We also highlight a few new Chromebooks and revisit one firm’s claim that Chromecast usage is down. According to Google, who has the actual data, it’s up.

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Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

There’s a new Chromebook available for schools

Yes, you can develop Chrome Apps (and even migrate them to an Android device) on a Chromebook

Legacy packaged apps must be migrated to the new Chrome Apps, says Google

Lenovo’s Ideapad 11 Chromebook is on Amazon(s amzn) for pre-order: $329 (Thanks, Brent!)

Google says Chromecast usage is actually up, not down.

Kevin bought a Raspberry Pi. It *could* run Chrome but…. it can also be a low-cost Google Cloud Print server.

Google Hangouts goes WebRTC / plug-in free on Chrome

App / extension of the week: Chrome Dev Editor




3 Responses to “Chrome Show: Making Chrome Apps on Chromebooks”

  1. acuth

    Isn’t the idea that you develop your web app on Chrome. Test its behaviour on a mobile device by deploying it to the “App Dev Tool” Android app. Then, when development is complete, you wrap it up using CCA to get a .apk for submission to the Android store. Sadly the last step can’t be done on a Chromebook.

    • Correct, the Cordova Chrome App tool doesn’t yet work natively on a Chromebook. Since this is just a developer preview, my hope is that Google finds a way to get this last step available on Chrome OS devices.

  2. joemarini

    Legacy packaged apps actually did have to run inside the browser, and they had access to extension APIs which made them pretty powerful. With the new Chrome Apps there’s a clearer separation. Some games did this, along with developer tools like POSTMan.