The Chrome Web Store is open for business, but just because commercial apps aren't officially available to Australian users yet doesn't mean we have to miss out on the action.
Google is planning to open an app store for its Chrome browser to make it easier both for users to discover Web applications and for developers to reach a large potential audience. Chrome users who find apps in the Chrome Web Store will be able to create shortcuts in Chrome for easy access, Google said.
Google made a change to the Chrome Web Store that makes it a little easier for users of the Chrome browser to install apps from the Web Store. Up until now, installation of apps required a Google account, even free apps. For users who only occasionally use the Chrome browser and don’t make use of other Google services, this could be a hurdle to just testing something out.
A new update to the Chrome Web Store was recently launched, now showing links to extensions and apps that will also work on Android. The store will have a link that says “Available for Android,” allowing users to link directly to the Google Play Store.
The links are currently only one way, and links to the Chrome Web Store from Google Play are not yet shown.
Google just announced that Google Apps for Business, Education and Government customers can now call and email the company with their questions about Chrome. Google, of course, has always been somewhat notorious for its lack of customer support options, but this is slowly changing.
At the time of writing, the top paid app on the Chrome Web Store has 65 weekly installs. The top game fares a little better, with a few hundred weekly installs. After months of hype from Google and a delayed launch, those figures seem a little -- how can I say this -- weak?
The fact is, paid-for Web apps might be taking things just a little too far.
One of the best (or worst) features of Google’s Play Store is that Google doesn’t screen any apps before they’re released to the masses. There are a few requirements that the apps have to pass so they aren’t malware, but otherwise, Google doesn’t monitor quality control for third-party apps.
Within the Play Store, it’s a mostly effective strategy.
Lately, there have been some signs of rejuvenation for Google's Chrome OS and Chrombooks based on the platform. As noted here, Chrome OS and Chromebooks got off to a shaky start due to the fact that they require users to use applications and store data in the cloud--a two-fisted approach that alienated some users who wanted local apps and data storage.