Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Google's Chrome Web Store Is Now Live

Yesterday afternoon, Google released its Chrome Web Store to the world.

"What is the Chrome Web Store?" you ask. To put it plainly, it is a web site that offers both free and paid extensions, apps, themes, and bookmarks made exclusively for the Chrome browser. For those with smart devices like the iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Android, or Blackberry, you may recognize the Chrome Web Store as something similar to the App Store, Android Market, and Blackberry World.

My first reaction? Overwhelmed. I remember asking myself, "Where do I start?" and "How do I use it?" Many of the first items I downloaded were bookmarks. This means, I clicked on the icons and I jumped to a web page. What's the point of that?, I thought.

Later, after further review, I found the apps. That one section alone made everything worth while.

Based on my initial review, there are around 500 apps to choose from. The categories range from utilities to communication.

Overall, I'm excited about digging into the Chrome Web Store and finding those hidden gems. I think its fascinating that Google has continued to expand its browser beyond just extensions, but think there is plenty of room for growth. It is only a matter of time before many of the cool Android apps make their way into the Chrome Web Store. Now, when I can move back and forth from my phone to the laptop, and back again, without any loss of data, we are in business.

What do you think about the new Chrome Web Store? Impressed? Disappointed? Let me know in the comment section below.

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