According to reports, the new apps for desktop would be available on Windows systems first with Mac. However, its Linux support is in the pipeline. The Chrome Apps open up in their own Windows without the usual address bar and browser navigation buttons. They support additional features such as USB and Bluetooth device connectivity, automatic updates without an internet connection.

This is not the first attempt by Google to offer apps in Chrome. In 2010, the company opened the Chrome Web Store with the goal of promoting websites that were app-like in nature.

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