With the developer preview, developers can use the toolchain to wrap existing Chrome Apps with a native shell, making them ready for distribution through the iOS App Store and Google Play. Google explains that it has created a simple workflow that’ll allow developers to easily package a Chrome App natively for mobile platforms—an emulator has been created, or developers can just test their apps on an Android device, even without the need for an integrated development environment (IDE).
Multiple Chrome APIs are available to Chrome Apps, including the ability to sign-in users using OAuth2, rich notifications, running tasks periodically and more. Additionally, developers have access to a wider range of APIs supported by the Cordova platform. Once Chrome Apps do begin arriving on mobile, users will be able to work offline and sync their work to any computer so long as they’re signed into Chrome.