Google Now Brings Chrome Apps to Mac Desktops
Apple Macintosh users will now get the same features and benefits as Windows and Chromebook desktop users.Google is now making its feature-laden Chrome Apps offerings available to Apple Macintosh desktop users, delivering them to Mac users after first debuting them to Chrome and Windows users. "A few months ago we announced Chrome Apps which bring the best of productivity, games and more to your desktop," wrote Google software engineers Trent Apted and Jack Hou, in a Dec. 11 post on the Google Chrome Blog. "Starting today, you can access these apps on any computer with Chrome, including Mac. Check them out in the 'For your desktop' collection in the Chrome Web Store." Back in May 2013, Google launched a developer preview of the Chrome packaged app concept, then in July 2013 the company unveiled six new feature-filled APIs as part of its growing stable of Chrome packaged apps browser add-ons that are aimed at enriching the experiences of Chrome browser users. The Chrome packaged apps help give richer user experiences by adding more access to Google services for Chrome Web browser users. "Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you're signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. Your Chrome Apps on Mac behave and feel just like native software," wrote Apted and Hou. "For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications folder on the Dock. Search for apps by name in the Spotlight search—just like any other Mac program that you already use."
In a related move, Google is releasing the Chrome App Launcher for Mac, which will make it even faster for users to find and launch their favorite Chrome Apps, they wrote. To get the new Launcher, users can download a new Chrome App and install it, which will deploy the Launcher in their Dock.