Google Chrome Apps mobile

Google on Tuesday announced it’s working to bring Chrome apps to iOS and Android through a new tool that is based on Apache Cordova, which will allow native mobile apps to be built using HTML, CSS and Javascript. The initiative is part of Google’s earlier announcement from September of last year in which the search giant introduced Chrome Apps capable of working offline by default while acting like native applications on the host OS. Despite being written in browser language, the apps are able to launch outside of the browser, and even access APIs.

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.