Today, Google decided to dive headfirst into the computer industry, announcing a competitive operating system alongside a platform that will rival Apple’s Mac App Store. The creatively titled Web Store went live a few hours ago, refining the experience that was seen at Google’s I/O conference. Is the Web Store going to be successful enough to challenge industry leaders?
With the launch day selections, the answer already seems to be “yes”. The Web Store is already teeming with intuitive apps, ranging from the New York Times to Amazon Windowshop. What is really great about these web apps is the fact that they display compatibility with non-Chrome browsers, though one loses the gridded icon environment that Google provides on their browser. Though it was not particularly clarified yesterday upon the announcement of Google eBooks how it would mosey its way onto the Internet, a Google Books web app was released today, allowing readers to access their books and sync with their other devices.
Google’s requirements for creation of a web app include the use of HTML5 as opposed to allow inefficient flash content from use offline, a move that many companies – most notably Apple – will smile upon. Google Docs was shown running offline and this is a feature that is expected to be available to developers.
What appears to be lacking at this point? To be succinct, the availability of particularly amazing gaming content. Right now, the most complex option is Poppit!, a relatively unimpressive showing of the capabilities of HTML5 and will not consume your time as much as titles on other platforms
Are you going to begin downloading web apps from Google? Do you think that they created an intuitive environment in which users can access new content? Will it be able to compete with Apple’s Mac App Store? Let us know in the comments below.