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Google had announced to release the Chrome apps for the iOS and Android mobile platforms back in September last year. Late last year the software giant also reportedly said that it would launch the apps as soon as January 2014.
As promised, the apps are out but not out as in the mobile devices, but the company yesterday released a toolset for developers to port their apps to iOS and Android. And since there are only a couple of days until the month gets over, it is pretty hard to expect the apps in January it self.
According to The Verge, Google has developed a compatibility layer using the open source Apache Cordova toolchain to allow programmers to wrap their apps in a native app shell and distribute the app on the App and Google Play stores.
The toolchain that Google has released is an early developer preview. To make apps feel more native, Google has also ported certain Chrome APIs like push messaging, OAuth2 identification signin, storage access, and more. Not surprisingly, there are a couple extra APIs available for Android porting including rich notifications and in-app payments.
This is, what looks like to be, Google's plan which will allow developers to release Chrome apps through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and have them run just like native apps.
However, the company has not disclosed any information pertaining to the release date of the apps.
Stay tuned to GizBot!