updated 03:40 pm EDT, Wed May 19, 2010
Web apps available through various browsers
Google has announced plans to launch the Chrome Web Store, an open marketplace that developers can use to distribute web-based applications. A preview shown at the company's I/O conference suggests that the portal will allow users to preview apps, read or write reviews, rate content, report problems, and directly install various titles.
The apps listed in the Chrome Web Store will be standard web applications, enabling the content to be installed on third-party browsers other than Google's own software. Chrome users will have the additional option of creating toolbar shortcuts to quickly access favorite apps, however.
The store will host free or paid content, with an open system that will allow developers to add apps without waiting for approval from Google. Users will be able to pay for apps using an integrated payment system managed by Google, likely in a similar way to the current Android Market.
Google expects the Chrome Web Store to be ready for launch sometime later this year and that it will be available for the Linux, Mac and Windows versions of the browser as well as Chrome OS.