The Chrome Web Store is one of the nicer things about Google’s browser that really gives it an edge over the competition. Mozilla will be launching its own Firefox app store soon and Windows 8 has the Metro app store. Google is going to have to kick it up a notch to stay ahead.
In the spirit of staying ahead, Google has announced three new features hitting the Chrome Web Store today. The new features should benefit both the consumer and the developer in creating and delivering content across the Web.
The Chrome Web Store is now available in six additional countries – Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. Consumers in these countries can now start to download apps. The bigger benefit, however, comes in the form of developers from these countries being able to sell apps on the Chrome Web Store to a global audience.
One of the nice things about the Chrome Web Store is that some developers allow their apps to work offline. A major problem arose in the form of not knowing which apps worked offline though. To combat this, Google has added a special collection called “Offline Apps.” Developers can easily add their apps to this collection by adding the offline_enable flag to their app’s manifest file.
The final feature is for developers only and it’s a good one at that. The developer dashboard now features a graph that shows you how many times an app has been viewed versus the number of installations. In typical Good Guy Google fashion, developers can already view up to 90 days of history via the graph. That history will probably be increased in the future according to Google.
Like I said, these features benefit both the consumer and the developer. While Mozilla and Microsoft still have some work to do on their respective app marketplaces, Google has the head start. That puts them into the enviable position of being able to immediately respond to any potential innovations implemented by the competition.
As promised, Google this week released a new version of Chrome for its dev channel that adds support for Windows 8 Metro mode.
The Monday release includes “improved support for on-screen keyboard on Windows 8 in Metro mode,” Google said in the release notes. It also “resolved several Windows 8 crashes and performance regressions.”
To try it, you’ll have to install the Release Preview of Windows 8 and then select Chrome as your default browser.
The “initial releases of Chrome in Metro mode will include integration with the basic Windows 8 system functionality, such as charms and snap view,” Google said last week. But in the lead-up to the expected late-2012 release of Windows 8, Google will be “smoothing out the UI on Metro and improving touch support, so please feel free to file bugs.”
Given that the Chrome dev channel and the Windows 8 Release Preview are pre-release versions of the software, these releases are intended for the tech-savvy rather than the average consumer.
On that front, Google today also announced new developer features for the Chrome Web Store, including the addition of six new countries: Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. The search giant also created a new section for apps that work offline, and promised better information in the developer dashboard.
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Most of the time when we hear about chromed, golden, matte pink or whatever shades are considered to be “exotic” these days and the news is usually coming from the Middle East, we end up talking about very expensive cars which have been ruined by their owners. But this isn’t the case here, where the chroming of the classic 1965 AC Cobra took out the very best of the roadster. The images in the photo gallery below have been provided by Hosam al Ghandi photography, with the “help” of luxury4play.com, and the 1965 AC Cobra has been captured on camera in Saudi Arabia.
Usually when it comes to exotic cars in the Middle East, we are used to hear about Dubai on the background, but this time, we moved to a country where “Sharia” is a way of life, Saudi Arabia, where this unique 1965 AC Cobra has been spotted. What is mostly interesting on this exotic model is that its owner has chosen a shade of chrome which isn’t blinding other drivers, and the matte finish gives it an even more exotic appearance. As a reminder, the AC Cobra, also known as the Shelby Cobra, is a sports car produced during the 1960s, between 1961 and 1967, coming in a two-door roadster body style.