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Google Introduces new Breed of Chrome Apps, In Celebration of 5 Years of Google Chrome

September 5, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

I think it’s fair to say that we are all Google fanboys, right? I’m sure that most of us use Chrome as our primary browser. I know I’ve been using it for almost five years now. Chrome has always been very fast for me compared to Firefox, and don’t get me started on Internet Explorer. I first checked out Chrome because it had more of a minimal look compared to other browsers.

Google Chrome has been around now for about 5 years, and damn it’s come a long way. In fact, it’s even an entire operating system now. We’ve all been hoping that Google would merge Android and Chrome soon, even though they’ve denied that’s happening, it could still happen further down the road.

Having said that, today Google unleashed some new apps onto the Google Chrome store. These are all straight from Google and not some third-party apps:

Straight from Google, here’s what to expect from the new Chrome Apps:

  • Work offline: Keep working or playing, even when you don’t have an internet connection.

  • More app, less Chrome: No tabs, buttons or text boxes mean you can get into the app without being distracted by the rest of the web.

  • Connect to the cloud: Access and save the documents, photos and videos on your hard drive as well as on Google Drive and other web services.

  • Stay up-to-speed: With desktop notifications, you can get reminders, updates and even take action, right from the notification center.

  • Play nice with your connected devices: Interact with your USB, Bluetooth and other devices connected to your desktop, including digital cameras.

  • Keep updated automatically: Apps update silently, so you always get all the latest features and security fixes (unless permissions change).

  • Pick up where you left off: Chrome syncs your apps to any desktop device you sign in to, so you can keep working.

  • Sleep easier: Chrome apps take advantage of Chrome’s built-in security features such as Sandboxing. They also auto-update to make sure you have all the latest security fixes. No extra software (or worrying) required.

  • Launch apps directly from your desktop: To make it quicker and easier to get to your favorite apps, we’re also introducing the Chrome App Launcherfor Windows, which will appear when you install your first new Chrome App. It lives in your taskbar and launches your apps into their own windows, outside of Chrome, just like your desktop apps. Have lots of apps? Navigate to your favorite apps using the search box.

So a few great apps for Chrome now available from Google. I know what I’ll be doing later, playing with these new apps. What kind of Chrome apps do you use on Chrome?