Developers can officially port their Chrome apps to Android (and iOS) using Google’s new tool


Chrome Apps to Android todos

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.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Chromroid OS? Lol jk

  2. can’t wait for a friggen adblocker for my mobile chrome browser. Yes, I rooted my android phone and installed one, but don’t feel much like jailbreaking my iPad

    1. I’m curious. Is it more work to jailbreak an Apple device?

  3. I just want Chromecast support

  4. I think this is going to put Google at an advantage for apps coming in. Most developers don’t want to have to learn Java + Android APIs and iOS ObjC + APIs. Allowing them to write it in HTML/CSS/JavaScript with a couple extra APIs to access more functionality the learning curve to make apps greatly reduces and you can have a chrome app ready at the same point. Perhaps this will even bridge the gap somewhat between chromeos and android. Of course this is early in the game to go that far but either way it’s exciting.

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