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Launcher Bookmarks Support Heading to Chrome OS

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Bookmarks As Apps in Chrome OS

It’s been a long time coming but Chrome OS is to finally gain support for adding bookmarks to the application shelf and launcher. 

At present users have to to manually create an “application shortcut” to launch their favourite websites quickly.

But change is on the way. Tentatively scheduled to arrive in Chrome OS 34, users will be able to drag and drop URLs from the address bar to the Chrome app launcher and app shelf to create a shortcut.

Discussions are continuing on how best to create an ‘icon’ that fits in with the rest of the Chrome OS desktop.

Stretching a teeny, tiny, pixelated website favicon to fill the standard tile size isn’t preferable, so Chrome’s developers are exploring other options. At present they’re favouring favicon images being placed in the centre of a “rounded rectangle with a strip of the app icon’s dominant colour [along the bottom]”.

Because of the cross-platform uniformity offered by the Aura shell (used on Chrome OS, Windows and, soon, Linux) there’s a good chance non-Chromebook owners will also benefit from this change in due course.

In the meantime I can’t help but find it ironic that a feature involving ‘shortcuts’ has taken so long to be worked on!

  • William Nicholls

    about time – I already made unpackaged apps to replicate this simple affect on chromebook (as I had previously used the windows 7 application shortcut which had similar affect..)

  • Mathspy
  • Wesley Files

    Yay! I never could fit traditional bookmarks into my browsing experience, but took to the Launcher immediately.

  • Boothy

    Looks good. I too have created loads of unpacked extensions to replicate this functionality.
    But how is this different from the create hosted app that we read about 2 weeks ago.

  • Kenny Rousseau

    oh great finally, i could have used this a while ago but im just glad to have it :) i’ve never known how to make my own, but this will be very useful!

  • Eggs_Benedict

    Has this been enabled yet? I’ve looked around for instructions on how to do so, but many of the instructions I can find are through dev mode and were written well before this article. Has it been implemented on Chrome OS without being in dev mode, and, if so, how?

    • http://twitter.com/d0od Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      Sadly not. I’ll have a dig around and see if I can find out the status.

      • Eggs_Benedict

        I’d be interested to know. This functionality seems like it would be a no-brainer. Wonder why it wasn’t included before (especially if it works on windows), haven’t tried it on ubuntu yet.