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Om Malik: Want to build Chrome or Android apps from a Chromebook? Now you can
2014-07-01 9:46am -07:00T Visit Om Malik


For the longest time, Google’s app strategy has had a bit of a somewhat strange twist: You couldn’t easily create apps for Chrome or Android without a full computer. That means using a Chromebook to create Chrome apps required an online IDE or other tools for some purposes. Now Google has a Chrome app to essentially create Chrome apps which can be deployed to an Android phone or tablet. Say hello to the Chrome Dev Editor, notes Google’s François Beaufort.


The new Chrome app, formally known as Spartk,  is in a developer preview so there’s still work to be done. You can, however, see where Google is going with its overall app strategy as the Chrome Dev Editor supports app creation through HTML, Javascript and Dart; Google’s Javascript-like language that it introduced in 2011. The Chrome Dev Editor also includes Polymer templates for your app’s user interface as well as Git support for version control.

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At last week’s Google I/O developer event, Google showed off an example of how to create and deploy an app using the Chrome Dev Editor. I didn’t...

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