Google has updated its Chrome Packaged Apps for developers. A set of many new and updated APIs is introduced with better OS integration through services like Bluetooth and native apps. Access to many new Google services like Wallet and Analytics, is also provided in this developer update.
Google's Chrome Dev channel has released an updated version of its Chrome Packaged Apps on Monday. This all new update brings better operating system integration and an access to a wide variety of Google services. Google has officially announced the update with added features and integration services. Many new Google services access is given to developers in this update. Better OS integration is also provided using communicaation services. New services added into this update are:
- Google Wallet;
- Google Analytics;
- Bluetooth devices;
- Native App Communication;
- And Google APIs.
There are several new APIs available that provides new functionality which is not available normally in any of the web apps. The set of Google APIs include
Identity API is used for authentication and also gives access to Google services like Calendar, Google+, and Drive.
Analytics API provides information related to analytical data like the number of active users, the most popular features and other usage data.
In App Payments API allows to buy things by paying through Google Wallet while remained in the app.
Media Gallery API is enhanced to get iTunes integration. Now iTunes are used as as a default media gallery that allows apps to access, import and play music.
Bluetooth API has specs of 4.0 version that allows packaged apps to connect with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones or low-energy "health devices," such as fitness trackers.
Native Messaging API allows developers to connect packaged apps with native, binary apps.