We’ve known for a few weeks now that Google was hard at work on building an upcoming developer tool — based on Apache Cordova — that would allow developers to port their Chrome apps into native Android/iOS ones, quickly and easily.
Today, Google has officially launched the toolset in an early developer preview which means developers now officially have what they need to begin submitting their Chrome apps directly into the Google Play Store, or Apple’s App Store.
It was in September that Google announced Chrome apps for the desktop that were are able to work offline, and only last month that they finally launched on Mac OSX. While there aren’t a vast number off Chrome apps currently available, we’re sure the ability to write up apps for Chrome and wrap them in an Android shell will bring an influx of new apps. What this means for Android is anyone’s guess at this point.