Google highlighted a bevy of goodies including the first iteration of its Chrome OS, but its Chrome Web store may have a more lasting impact.
Simply put, Google's Chrome Web store is worth checking out. The app selection out of the gate is decent and it's noteworthy to see what the New York Times and NPR are doing with Web apps.
Here are a few thoughts about the Chrome Web store, unveiled Tuesday:
On that latter point, my working theory is that Web pages will resemble apps more often than not. As mobile browsers and broadband speeds improve, Web apps will diminish the need for apps.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raises the question about HTML5 and better design will impact apps. He said in a research note Tuesday:
While HTML5 and other rich internet technologies will continue to improve, we do not expect web apps to approach the usability of native apps for several years. And by the time web apps are equal in function to native apps, this early stage of the smartphone wars in which the app catalog is essential, will be over. In other words, we do not see web apps as a threat to Apple’s competitive advantage in smartphones: its App Store.
Google's Chrome store highlights how Web apps may be able to close the gap with mobile apps faster.
In fact, it's in Google's best interest to push Web apps along. The Chrome Web store may be the key selling point for Chrome-powered notebooks. It should be noted that Mozilla also has Web app store plans. Microsoft is likely to follow suit.