Google’s putting a lot of energy behind its packaged apps these days as the company continues to push Chromebook to the masses. Now, it appears that the company is building a toolkit to help developers create similar style Chrome apps for both Android and iOS.
The discovery of this future project comes via a GitHub repository that Michael Mocny, a software developer at Google is currently working on. Included in the depository is documentation that places more light on what the company is working on…packaging Chrome apps for Windows, OS X, Linux and Chrome OS are only the beginning.
The toolkit will help developers working with Android and iOS native apps using various software which include mobile design, fixing bugs, working around limitations and testing. Google says once the apps pass through testing, they will be good enough to submit to both Google Play and Apple’s Play Store.
Initially, the apps will support Android 4.x devices and above, although it’s possible that Android 2.2 and 2.3 could be supported. iOS support is still marked as “to be announced” but signs show development has already started.
Google developer advocate Joe Marini says that a beta should be ready sometime in “January.” It’s an interesting development and I hope that this will bring a totally new level of Chrome applications especially if its your browser of choice.
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