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    Google is looking to bring a version of its Chrome OS app launcher to the Mac, possibly as an add-on to the Chrome browser. This would allow users to access a slew of Web apps that they previously could not use. The news comes from Chrome developer François Beaufort who revealed on his Google+ page that the Internet search giant is working to bring the app launcher to the Mac.

    Since the Chrome OS platform runs Web apps instead of traditional programs, the app launcher is a vital part of the experience. Instead of users having to enter Chrome to execute app functions, the launcher breaks out the Web-based titles into a separate window.

    Those of you who are interested in trying out the beta version of Chrome’s app launcher for Mac can download the latest build of Chromium and run a switch command in terminal.

    As of right now, available apps will show up as a pop-up above the Chromium icon in the OS X dock, while selecting a title will launch the app in a new browser window. Switching apps takes place in the browser, though the launcher does save a couple of steps in navigating to a particular app.

    It’s unclear whether Google intends to launch the functionality in Chrome for OS X and Beaufort didn’t offer any additional information regarding the project aside from the fact that it exists. Although the implementation is quite limited at the moment, it shows Google is actively looking for ways to garner a larger presence on Apple’s OS X platform.

    Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2013-05-22 08:07 AM