chrome-apps

I was inspired to find out if anyone can create apps that works like the default Google ones that come loaded into Chrome. It turns out its pretty easy to create your own, all you need is the template and a custom icon.

The gotchas I found were that you need to have validated ownership over the URL you are trying to link to, so for me I ended up creating a group of private local extensions for sites and services I use all the time.

Using this guide from Google, you can create your own bookmark apps, it’s a nice way of personalising your browser without managing the most visited site list (which gets a bit boring!). You can just start with this eBay Chrome App example, open the manifest.json file in a text editor, change the name, description and URLs to your new destination.

To setup this new extension, open up Chrome, then go to the top right menu, tools, extensions, and select ‘pack extension’, then browse to the folder where your .json file is stored, and double click on the manifest.json. Then hit ‘pack extension’ and it will create a .crx file on your desktop.

Now you can simple drag and drop that file into the ‘extensions’ window to install it. Simple, personal and eye catching.

Windows 8 Launch

Awesome news (in my eyes!), Google Chrome is going to get a fully metro compliant version for Windows 8. It will almost certainly bring with it many of the great features Chrome now enjoys (like bookmark and password syncing to the cloud), fingers crossed it also brings with it support for the awesome range of addons currently supported by the desktop version…

Google says it’s working on a version of Chrome that will run in the Metro environment of Windows 8. The news follows the revelation that Mozilla is building Firefox for Metro as well. That means when Windows 8 tablets start to appear later this year, customers will be able to use the same browsers they use in Windows 7, but re-imagined for the Metro interface. Also, the desktop versions will be tailored for touch as well.

One interesting titbit might make market share an arkward subject if Windows 8 takes off…

In a recently published white paper, the company revealed that other Metro browsers were welcome, and they’d even get some privileges other Metro apps don’t have (like multitasking). The downside: users will only be able to run a single browser in Metro, the default one.

via Mashable

Chrome for Android beta launches with place shifting, faster rendering, and card view | The Verge
Nice to finally see Chrome on an Android phone (seriously what took so long!), it’s a very solid first version, but for me it will remain defeated by the excellent Dolphin HD browser, as that supports adds such as the excellent Xmarks and Lasspass…

Though Android’s existing browser has long shared bits and pieces with desktop Chrome (notably WebKit rendering and Google’s V8 JavaScript engine), the release of Chrome for Android represents a more thorough synergy: they’re both now based on the open-source Chromium Project, which means it’ll be easier for Google to advance the products in better lockstep with one another — features, capabilities, fixes, and so on.

Worth keeping an eye on for future versions, I’m sure addons can’t be that far off.

via The Verge.

Here’s a great little addon for pushing web pages and clips from Chrome to Windows Phone…

Chrome to Windows Phone 7 follows in the tradition of Chrome to Phone, Fox to Phone, and Chrome to iPhone, and does much the same thing. Click it when you’re on a page you’d like to send to your mobile (directions, coupons, what have you) and you’ll get a ping on your phone to open it up. Copy text from anywhere on your system, and you can send that, too, to your phone.

Chrome to Windows Phone 7 requires both halves of its name, and is a free download on both platforms.

via Lifehacker

Nice illustration to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Google’s Chrome Browser

In August 2008, JavaScript was 10 times slower, HTML5 support wasn’t yet an essential feature in modern browsers, and the idea of a sandboxed, multi-process browser was only a research project. All browsers have come a long way in the last two years and the web has become much more fun and useful.

via Google

This is a genius addon for sending the link to your current Chrome page to your iPhone, very useful if you’re trying to find directions and transfer between machines…

This extension brings Chrome to Phone for the iPhone! Chrome to iPhone lets you sent a link to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with one click. Set-up instructions (very simple) are inside the extension and will open after you install it.

via Google Chrome extension gallery.