Google Adds New Packaged Apps to Chrome Dev Channel Browser
The new Chrome packaged APIs include an Identity API that "allows packaged apps to authenticate users securely using OAuth 2.0 without the user having to provide a username and password directly to the app," according to Tsao's post. "The Identity API supports authentication using Google Accounts as well as third party providers such as GitHub and Foursquare." It also "gives packaged apps secure access to Google APIs such as Google+, Calendar and Drive."
"During this preview period, packaged apps are available to Chrome Dev channel users in the Chrome Web Store," he wrote. "We've already seen lots of interesting packaged apps uploaded, and we look forward to seeing developers take advantage of these powerful new capabilities." Packaged apps don't operate within the Chrome browser. Instead they open in their own windows, according to Google. Back in May, Google launched a developer preview of the Chrome packaged app concept. In late June, Google released several security and stability fixes for its Chrome Web browser Version 27 and updated the Chrome 27 browser Stable Channel to Version 27.0.1453.116 for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The latest Chrome desktop browser can be downloaded for free from Google.