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Chrome apps for Android and iOS on the way

Google Chrome apps will soon arrive on Android and iOS devices with the firm looking to release a developer tool kit that will allow new Chrome apps to be created for mobile devices.

The Mobile Chrome Apps project could see a beta release in January, according to comments from Google developer advocate Joe Marini’s comments to The Next Web, and it’s believed the kit has been in the works since September.

The toolkit in development will allow developers to construct Android and iOS hybrid native apps with Chrome apps polyfills using Apache Cordova. It will allow apps to be modified for mobile design, fixing bugs, working around limitations, and testing.

Once apps are finished they will be able to be published on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store with Android 4.x the first OS version to be supported with TNW reporting that Android 2.2 and 2.3 could be supported at a later date. iOS is reportedly still “TBA” although development on the iOS version is already underway.

Chrome apps, in the current state, are written in CSS, HTML and JavaScript, and launch independently of the browser working offline by default. They access APIs that aren’t available to normal web apps and this will soon, supposedly, be available to mobile users.

The move would give eight million web developers access to Android with little effort and opens up Google’s services to more users across both Android as well as iOS.

Google so far hasn’t commented on the speculation but a source close to the company did tell TNW that, whilst developer can already try out the tools already, they aren’t ready to officially announce them yet.