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The Chrome Web Store Gets An Update That Allows Free Trials For packaged Apps

March 11, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Here’s some good news for developers that have published apps on the Chrome Web Store or were thinking about putting their apps up for download. Google has just updated the Chrome Web Store with a few new features. Google is all about making things easier for users, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they wanted to make using packaged apps better. They have done this by allowing for developers of Chrome Web Apps to make their packaged apps available to users as a free trial. This would of course only apply to those of the apps that cost money, as free ones have no need for a trial of any kind. This could help some developers get more exposure for their hard work, and perhaps provide a launch pad for their app to become more widely used.

In addition tot he free trials for apps that Google has put in place, developers can also now sell Chrome Extensions, as well as sell Chrome Themes. For the most part, apps, themes and extensions within the Chrome Web Store are generally free, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of these paid offerings we see in the coming months. If a developer chooses to make a paid app, theme or extension, they can also now take and manage any payments they receive from one easy to use place within the developer dashboard. Google’s aim here is at developers. They want to make tings easier for them too, which is why they have implemented these changes. Among everything that’s changed from the developer side of things, publishing apps will also be an easier task right within the development process.

In the grand scheme of things Google is hoping that by making these changes, that they can entice more developers to make their work available through the Web Store and facilitate more spending from the consumer. Chrome OS has seen quite a boom lately from the success of the Chromebooks, and paid apps and themes are fairly popular on Android so why should Chrome OS and the Web Store be any different? The longer these changes have been in place, the easier it will be to see if more people are willing to pay for things like that on their PCs.