Google I/O Day 2: Chrome for iOS, Google Drive Update and Packaged Apps

Today’s Google I/O keynote was all about Chrome and web.  We are happy to see the arrival of Chrome for iOS, a new and better Google Drive and Chrome’s evolved packaged apps platform.  Read more below:

 

Chrome for iOS

Yes, after Chrome for Android exited beta, this web browser finally arrived at iPhone and iPad.  You can now sync the Chrome browsers across all platforms including your iPhone.  Continue to read a web page when you leave the desktop computer and use the iPad.  All the opened tabs could be preserved, not to mention your bookmarks.  You can also enjoy the incognito mode for private web surfing without trace.

Chrome for iOS

I haven’t have time to try it out, but according to the review by Engadget, Chrome for iOS seems to be a great product that brings nice features Safari currently do not have.

 

Google Drive

Google Drive also found its place in iOS.  A few weeks after the launch of the android app, the iOS version is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 5.0+.  You can open PDFs, photos, videos, documents and anything else stored in your Drive, or download them for offline use.

Google Drive iOS

Another most requested feature, offline editing , is now available on Chrome and Chrome OS!  Currently only docs are supports, but Google said they would extend offline editing to spreadsheets and slide presentations later.  All you need to enjoy offline editing is the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS on your Chromebook or Chromebox.

 

Packaged Apps

What are packaged apps?  They are web apps by nature, but they work and look like native apps in your computer.  These apps, which are written in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, could access to Chrome APIs and services not available to traditional web apps, making them more powerful.

These packaged apps are opened as if they are standalone applications.  The application itself and the user data are stored locally.  When you open a package app, you would not see the address bar, tabs and other browser features.  You can treat packaged apps as native local apps written in web languages, or simply “modified web apps”.  A typical package app looks like this:

Packaged Apps

See how Google talked about packaged apps:

 

A New Cloud Era with Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q and Chrome

In the Google I/O 2012 just commenced, Google announced quite some new projects and products that have long been expected.  As someone who strongly believe in cloud-living, I am particularly interested in software and hardware developments that bring people closer to the cloud.  Here are a few new things I observed:

 

Google Nexus 7 Tablet

There have been rumors about Google’s own branded tablet, and now it comes true.  This 7-inch device is seen by many as a strong Kindle Fire competitor, not only because of   the same price tag ($199), but also its capability to handle content streaming from Google Play.  Buyers can get a $25 Google Play credit (as a temporary incentive though) to purchase content from Google Play store, including songs, movies, TV shows, magazines and books.

Google Nexus 7

I always believe that in the future mobile devices should have small local storage but great streaming power.  Instead of storing everything offline, we could download contents and run apps by accessing the cloud.  The Chrome browser + web apps combination has been a (quite) successful demonstration.  Obviously Google is aware of the huge demand for streaming content, probably due to the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, so besides making a great budget tablet, Google also makes Nexus 7 a nice device for retrieving content from the internet.

Interested parties could pre-order a Nexus tablet now, however it is limited to some countries only.

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Chrome Experiments Bring Magic to Mobile

Have you heard of Chrome Experiments before?  It is a web site showcasing what open technologies could do.  There are many interactive web pages and games on this site created with open technologies including HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL.

Chrome Experiments Mobile

Now this site has gone mobile.  You could see what the web could do without Java or Flash not only on you desktop or laptop computer, but your mobile too.  Despite mobile phones have less powerful specifications, they are capable to impress you.  Check out the following video to see what Chrome Experiments are.

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Chrome 20 Released, Bringing Security Fixes

Google just announced the arrival of Chrome 20, the latest stable release of the popular web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame.  According to the announcement by Google, this release mainly gives us security fixes.  A full list of changes could be found on the Chromium Security page (for security fixes) and SVN version log (for all changes).

Chrome Release 20

source: Google Chrome Releases Blog

 

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