A little detective work by the folks at TheNextWeb has turned up what Google has tentatively confirmed to be a project to allow support for Android and iOS in Chrome Apps, possibly to be released sometime at the beginning of next year.
Chrome Apps -- formerly Chrome Packaged Apps -- are a way of taking HTML5-based applications and packaging them in a way that they look and feel to the end-user like a platform-native app. They run offline by default, but they can connect to the network if needed, and they have access to low-level hardware services like USB not enjoyed by ordinary Web apps.
Most of the work done for Chrome Apps so far has been for the desktop, but a GitHub repository entitled "mobile-chrome-apps" appears to be the start of a project for Chrome Apps to be deployed not only on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS, but also as Android and "iOS hybrid native apps."
The more places it can put its software technologies without compromise -- that is, without having to build platforms not likely to be adopted by others -- the better it'll be for the company. And for us.
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