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Google Updates Chrome Webstore as it Looks to Tackle iTunes

Google has quietly upgraded the design of the Chrome webstore in what some are already calling a "major improvement."

The marketplace which was released back in December 2010, is now an integral part of Google's Chrome browser and will now provide a more attractive visual interface.

Amongst the improvements are the ability to glance at more information about an app simply by hovering the mouse cursor over it and a one click install option.

Interestingly, the navigation unit, which is on the left hand side only (like on iTunes), is fixed which means that the whole interface looks a lot like a slicker version of a framed webpage.

Extensions and themes are not highlighted as they used to be. There is a definite resemblance between the latest Google Marketplace UI and Windows 8 tiles UI (ed : have a look at the latest iteration of Google Blogger back end to convince yourself).

Along with the cosmetic changes Google has also released some new apps in the Chrome Web Store such as the games Fieldrunners and The Godfather: Five Families, as well as a new eBay app.

The update is already available in the UK. One has to wonder whether one day Apple's iTunes will not look a lot like the Google Chrome web store.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.