Google launched Chrome apps for the desktop way back in September 2013. This new breed of software can run anywhere Chrome is installed, and it’s soon to be available for mobile operating systems as well.
Chrome apps are packaged applications that run in Chrome. Despite requiring Chrome to run Chrome apps are not web apps in the traditional sense — they can work offline and are stored locally — but they can take advantage of cloud services to save and sync data.
Until now Chrome apps only ran on desktop operating systems, but this week Google opened the doors to allow developers to start submitting apps that will run on Android and iOS.
The idea of an OS agnostic software platform isn’t new, Java was an attempt at exactly this concept. Could Google’s attempt could be more successful?
For schools with a BYOD strategy Chrome apps could potentially provide a solution to the problem of supporting apps across multiple operating systems. In the near future Chrome apps will run and optimise themselves for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.