Chrome Web Store just received a new update. A major new feature is the “Trending” tab which to let users know what web apps are hot now.
Trending Chrome Web Apps
In the past we could only see “popular” web apps but this list is not frequently updated. The new “trending” tab lists out the hottest web apps and sort by the popularity. Apps are ranked as “on fire”, “hot” and “warm”.
The purpose of this “trending” tab is to highlight web apps that are popular in recent time. These apps may not be found in the “popular” tab that shows all-time hot apps. For example, while YouTube is definitely a “popular” web app (over 1,000,000+ users installed it in Chrome), it is not even “warm” in “trending”. This is obvious because the user count of this web app is stable.
Apart from the trending tab, now you can also sort web apps in each individual category to find out the trending web apps. This is very useful for finding out the hottest web apps such as latest games.
Offline and Playable on Google+ Identification
The second change to Chrome Web Store is the new mark-ups showing particular features of web apps. In the following screenshot, you see a Google+ mark for Diamond Dash, meaning that this game is playable on Google+ (and trending mark for BrowserQuest too). You can also find a lightning mark for apps that run offline. Google said that more marks for other features would follow.
Read more about this update here: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/04/zap-finding-right-app-and-extension.html