As part of its initiative to bring Chrome packaged desktop apps to mobile platforms, Google is reportedly preparing a beta release of a toolkit that will help developers create native apps for mobile platforms like Apple’s iOS. Evidence of the beta was discovered by The Next Web in a GitHub repository called “Mobile Chrome Apps,” which is being headed up by Google software developer Michal Mocny.
According to the project’s description, Mobile Chrome Apps is a toolkit for porting Chrome Packaged Apps to Android and iOS hybrid web applications using Apache Cordova. Other operating systems that were mentioned include Apple’s OS X and Microsoft’s Windows. The summary mentioned the following:
- You're excited about Chrome Packaged App for Windows, OSX, Linux, and ChromeOS. Sweet!
- You've discovered this toolkit for creating Android & iOS hybrid native apps with chrome app polyfills.
- Follow our Guide (below) to Import your existing chrome app (or start fresh).
- ???? (modify for mobile design, fix bugs, work-around limitations, and test)
- Publish to the Android Play Store or iOS App Store.
Google didn’t’ offer any comment on the matter but a source did mention the tools are nearing their final stages of development and an official announcement should be coming early next year.
Source: GitHub via The Next Web