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Google Chrome "apps" are just websites?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:54 pm    Post subject: Google Chrome "apps" are just websites? Reply with quote

Hey!
I was thinking of making a Google Web App...
But apon discovery most of the apps are just websites.....?
Are they just short cuts in your Chrome browser?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Essentially, yes, they're just short-cuts.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bloodheart wrote:
Essentially, yes, they're just short-cuts.

Your kidding?
So basicly... Its a link.
Thats a bit useless.
Would be a good way to promote a service though!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one google app short cut on my task bar and that is google news. On my net-book running XP I have numerous google shortcuts on the quick-launch.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Google Tasks "app" on my taskbar. It may technically be a website, but it functions indistinguishably from a normal non-web-browser app. Also, turning it into a shortcut strips away all the irrelevant browsers controls so that it looks like a normal app window.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I understand, and it's entirely possible that I'm wrong, the key difference between Chrome "apps" and webpages is that apps get access to the API that controls GUI elements of the frame/tab in question.

Because of the architecture of Chrome, each tab/site runs it's own process, so they're able to provide those kinds of APIs over JavaScript without running into security issues.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sliqua-jcooter wrote:
From what I understand, and it's entirely possible that I'm wrong, the key difference between Chrome "apps" and webpages is that apps get access to the API that controls GUI elements of the frame/tab in question.

Because of the architecture of Chrome, each tab/site runs it's own process, so they're able to provide those kinds of APIs over JavaScript without running into security issues.

This is more or less correct. Google Chrome apps are just web apps written in HTML5 that take advantage of new features like canvas, video, SVG, WebGL, and a bunch of new APIs that can be accessed through JavaScript for everything from geolocation to offline storage to web workers for a sort of multithreading.
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