Google has extended its Chrome Web Store, the open marketplace that allows users of Google’s Chrome web browser to browse and download web-apps, to India. Although, the web store was launched nine months ago in the US, it was accessible in India, and some publishers including Burrp even launched their web apps. However, it now offers a lot more in terms of India specific content, including apps from ESPNCricinfo, Saavn, Mid-Day, Dhingana, Jagran, and FullOnSMS. The store also offers access to other web-apps including games like Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies, as well as Tweetdeck, Offline Gmail and others.
No Paid apps: We didn’t notice any paid apps in the web store, at the time of writing this post.
– Saavn: The Saavn app, although ad-supported, offers a nice HTML5 based interface for playing new Hindi music.
-ESPN Cricinfo: The ESPN Cricinfo app is one of the best implementation of web apps, with ad-free, easy browsing through news stories, photographs and other cricket related content.
While some of the web-apps offer added functionality such as offline access and a distraction free interface, some like the BookMyShow, KoiMoi and Zomato app are just browser shortcuts to websites. Why crowd up and mix apps and browser short-cuts? We feel Google should place website short-cuts into another category to reduce this clutter.