Mobile Chrome Apps

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mobile Web Apps. Quick intro to the Mobile Chrome Apps workflow.

Links:
http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-new-breed-of-chrome-apps.html
http://blog.chromium.org/2014/01/run-chrome-apps-on-mobile-using-apache.html
https://github.com/MobileChromeApps/mobile-chrome-apps

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Mobile Chrome Apps

  1. 1. Mobile Chrome Apps How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mobile Web Apps Sampo Savolainen Spatineo.com @samposampo codeforcode.com
  2. 2. Chrome Apps ● Apps managed by Chrome ● Offline, auto update, sandboxed ● Google's desktop takeover maneuver part 2 http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-new-breed-of-chrome-apps.html
  3. 3. Mobile Chrome Apps Early dev preview: Chrome Apps on mobile 1. Install target SDK 2. npm install ­g cca 3. You're done! http://blog.chromium.org/2014/01/run-chrome-apps-on-mobile-using-apache.html https://github.com/MobileChromeApps/mobile-chrome-apps
  4. 4. Demo time (don't wait until the end with your questions)
  5. 5. More than just a browser ● Cordova plugins (media, sensors, camera etc) ● Chrome APIs – Identity – Payments (alpha) – Power – Notifications! (Android only though) + many more ● Not everything though (missing stuff like indexedDB, HTML audio ..)
  6. 6. Debugging (Android) Basic Android Chrome debug procedure works! ● Connect device with USB ● Open Chrome on device & desktop ● Desktop: – chrome://inspect
  7. 7. Radio Helsinki Player ● Streamlined app for RH – – ● Read shout box comments – ● Listen to broadcast stream Free, no ads Feature complete in ~4 hours Dev preview? 0 ANR's or crashes
  8. 8. Recap ● Great work flow, simple tool ● Web tech enables fast development But ● No Cordova plugins on desktop (mock) ● Device compatibility issues will be a pain ● Web tech has limits
  9. 9. Thanks! Questions?
  10. 10. Thanks! Questions?

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