That was fast: Chrome Apps ready to go mobile

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Apache Cordova wraps developers’ HTML5 apps in code native to Android and iOS, so they can run on mobile devices.

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The cold, hard walls between mobile native apps and HTML5 wobbled a bit on Tuesday morning, as Google announced that Chrome Apps will now work on the two most popular mobile platforms.

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Chrome Apps are HTML5-based single-serving applications, more than just a mere Web site, that will work on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS without having to open your browser first. However, because they’re based in Chrome and can’t function without it, they’ve been criticized for “breaking” the Web.

Google opened up a developer preview of the Apache Cordova “toolchain” for wrapping Chrome Apps in code native to Android and iOS. It’s not perfect, but it lets developers more easily attain the Holy Grail of writing code once and publishing everywhere. After using Cordova, app makers will be […]