The Google Chrome Web Store, the browser based application marketplace that we have been anticipating for quite some time has now launched and is available to all Chrome browser users. In a blog post yesterday Google VP of Product Development Sundar Pichai had noted that the Web Store is currently available only in the United States. However, that only appears to be the case with paid apps as free applications can be accessible from anywhere.
The Chrome Web Store can be accessed from this link on any browser although you will need to access it from the Chrome browser in order to be able to download and install themes, applications and extensions. Applications are organized under a number of categories like Communication, Education, Entertainment, Family,etc. while Extensions are available under headers like Blogging, Fun, Shopping, Sports, etc.
The Chrome Web Store brings another new avenue for developers to build and sell applications from. If you are a developer, you can check out this article to learn how to build and submit your own apps to the Web Store.
Google has announced the release of three new extensions for their Chrome browser that will integrate its offerings with the browser in a much better way. The new extensions are for Google Docs, Calendar and YouTube. The extensions bring easy access to each of these products from the browser window. For instance, installing the Calendar extension will let the user be notified of appointments from the browser. Also, you can check out the directions to a location if the schedules contain references to location.
Similarly, the Google Docs extension helps the user to easily copy and paste images and text from the web clipboard to a Google Docs file. The YouTube extension gives the user direct access to videos from friends besides notifying the user about new updates to their YouTube feed.
You can click and download each of the extensions by using the links below
Now if you are a developer and are looking to create apps, Google has published a clean video on the procedure to go about publishing your app on the web store. To begin with, users have to login to chrome.google.com/extensions and click on the ‘Publish your extensions‘ link on the left sidebar. You may simply follow the directions to finally complete the upload. This includes specifying a pricing for your app. You may also indicate whether this shall be a one-time payment or a recurring subscription – a great way for media publications to monetize their free content. You may also choose to use your own payment gateway and offer free trials. Check out the video below for a complete walk-through.
I’ve been a loyal Google Chrome user for quite sometime now and though I am largely satisfied, there has been one issue of late that had kept me annoyed – Websites that I wanted to remember my info and automatically log me in no longer seemed to be working. Now this is just a minor problem. But since I was able to solve it, I thought it fit to offer my solution here.
1. Firstly, from the Google Chrome browser page, click on the ‘Tools‘ button and select ‘Options‘
2. From the ‘Google Chrome Options‘ windows, click ‘Under the Hood‘ and ‘Content Settings‘
3. From the ‘Content Settings‘ window, check the option that reads, “Clear cookies and other site data when I close my browser”
4. Click ‘Close‘ and restart the browser
5. From the Tools option, once again navigate to ‘Options’ -> ‘Under the Hood’ -> ‘Content Settings’ and uncheck the “Clear cookies..” option. If the “Allow local data to be set” option is not selected, select the option and close the window.