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Today, Google’s launched the Chrome Web Store which allows you to buy webapps through a unified storefront. Google utilises its checkout system to make transactions easy and, within the Chrome browser, webapp performance is fast. It’s launching today and should be available by this afternoon at chrome.google.com. (It’s US dollars-only right now; Google says other countries and currencies will be supported early next year.)
Google brought in a few partners to demo a few apps. The New York Times will be launching a slick webapp that makes browsing articles and photos a much better experience. In an effort to highlight speed and performance—clearly the theme of today’s Google event—Google demoed a few web games. While these games are pretty simple, they make use of high-definition graphics and work as well as their desktop counterparts. One particular game was Pop It, a balloon popping puzzle game, which will be embedded in Chrome 9. Many of these apps, such as those previously mentioned, will work even when you’re offline.
Some demoed apps will be available for purchase today when the Chrome Web Store launches later today, and others, such as Amazon’s Kindle Webapp, will be available later on.
- Instant Search in the Omnibox – All the fun of Google Instant Search is now part of Chrome’s Omnibox, letting you get instant results (with auto-complete) without the need to visit Google.com. Google’s also introduced search shortcuts in the Omnibox, such as “t” becoming “twitter.com.”
- Super-Fast PDF Browser – Chrome’s new built-in PDF viewer is extremely fast. PDFs load in an instant and you can scroll through thousand-page documents just as smoothly as small ones.
- WebGL Brings GPU Hardware Acceleration to the Browser – Google’s added WebGL to the