Google Opens New Frontier Of Chrome Packaged Applications

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Google has been at the forefront of online content sharing with a slew of innovations under its belt. Five years ago it revolutionised modern browser with web applications and opened a new ecosystem of chrome app store. Now it is gambling again and taking that to the next level to make the web offline in the form of new packaged chrome web apps.

These Chrome Packaged Apps, allow Web developers to turn their HTML5 web applications or websites into single-serving apps that function more like apps written in native code. These packaged apps fill a vital gap between native apps and websites as they are available to be used offline. Moreover they have access to lower-level system resources and can interact with hardware peripherals, which Web sites can’;;;t really do yet. They can also leverage on the Chrome’;;;s sandboxing for security, can display desktop notifications as well as in-app payments mobile apps.

A packaged app is a web app that’;;s bundled into a .crx file and can use Chrome extension features. You build a packaged app just like you build an extension, except that a packaged app can’;;t include a browser action or page action. Instead, a packaged app includes at least one HTML file within its .crx file that provides the app’;;s user interface.

Packaged apps deliver an experience as capable as a native app, but as safe as a web page. Just like web apps, packaged apps are written in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. But packaged apps look and behave like native apps, and they have native-like capabilities that are much more powerful than those available to web apps.