Since Google recently spat out some upgrades to their Chrome browser, a new feature (called 'Apps') has been available. Do these apps represent the next generation of user applications for computers? Well, yes and no.
My first thought about these integrated apps was that this could be pretty awesome. Streamlining tools and applications into my already favorite web browser is a nice little convenience. So, I downloaded a bunch of various things from tools to learning apps to games from the Google Web Store. To my disappointment, it turns out that much of the flair of these so-called apps is missing.
Of the twenty or so various 'apps' I chose to install based on my actual potential usage (not to get a complete feel for it with thing I'll never open), only 2-3 were actually a program-type interface that ran in the browser. Overwhelmingly, what was actually installed was a link to a webpage, which in essence hijacked my app menu with bookmarks.
To further the confusion about these 'apps' is the fact the many of those hyperlinks led to a address starting with 'http://chrome.blah', meanwhile others were just the normal 'http://www.blah' prefix. What’s the difference between the two?
What's the point of installing an 'app' if all it is is a glorified bookmark? Sheesh!