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10 New Apps Heading to ChromeOS

10 new default applications will ship in future versions of Chrome OS.

Google hope that adding the apps will make Chrome OS easier to use ‘out of the box’.

The “applications” (many of which are glorified bookmarks) set to be added are:

  • Camera
  • GMail Offline
  • Calendar Offline
  • Spreadsheets
  • Docs
  • Slides
  • Google Talk
  • Calculator
  • Code Viewer
  • Pulsar

Currently Chrome OS ships with only 2 ‘visible’ apps by default: a link to the Chrome Webstore and ‘Files’ – the Chrome OS file manager that is integrated with Google Drive.

Offline Apps

The addition of GMail Offline and Calendar Offline are interesting. It appears that Google are now willing to stress the offline capabilities of Chrome OS devices to users from the ‘get go’.

Chrome OS devices have in the past been criticised as ‘useless’ without an internet connection.

Office Suite

The separate entries for Docs, Spreadsheets and Slides is, of all of the additions, the most logical.

Users sent a spreadsheet attachment in Gmail will have a less confusing time opening the file when prompted to do so with the ‘spreadsheets’ app they often see in the app tray.

Arrival Date

Google have only given a time frame of ‘the near future’ for the bundled apps arrival. However, as per tradition it is likely that users of the Dev channel will receive the apps first.

  • ojdon

    Definitely a good idea so that novice users feel “Right at home” with their new Chromebook.

  • Fancy. Now I need to work on my Apple II emulator for Chrome some more…

  • I can’t even find most of these apps in the web store now. I guess most of these will be new? So, they’re not only bundling them, they’re still creating them…?

  • Finally, a Calculator. I know there are several available from the Web Store, but one installed “out of the box” is a dream come true. It’s silly to think that, but there have been so many times I wish I had one.

    Also, a GTalk app? I wonder if it will replace the Google Chat extension, or will be a separate application.

  • Pulsar isn’t included in most Chromebooks yet, but will be soon at least. Everything else seems to be available with Chromebooks by default.