Packaged Apps Now Available in the Chrome Store for Dev Channel Users (Windows and Chrome OS)

By Akemi Iwaya on May 2nd, 2013

This week Google has officially unveiled its latest iteration in apps for Google Chrome and Chrome OS users…packaged apps. Now you can install this new brand of apps that provide native app goodness, will work offline, and can communicate with additional hardware that is hooked up to your computers.

You may be wondering exactly what packaged apps are, so here is a clear and succinct wrap-up directly from the Chrome Web Store:

From the Apps page: These combine the best of websites and native applications – they’re available offline & from any computer, are always up to date and they can communicate with devices like USB drives & Bluetooth speakers.

Packaged apps are definitely not your garden variety apps or extensions, so if you are looking for something with a bit more punch for offline work or fun, then you may want to upgrade to the Dev Channel and browse on over to the Chrome Web Store.

You can start trying out packaged apps as well as learn more about them by visiting the links below…

Chrome Web Store – Apps

Preview the new Chrome packaged apps [The Chromium Blog]

Packaged Apps Added to Chrome Webstore for Windows & Chrome OS Dev Users [OMG! Chrome!]

Packaged offline-ready apps will be the new normal for Chrome [ZDNET News]

[via OMG! Chrome!]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/2/13
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