What Google Chrome Means For The Mobile Web and Applications

Google Chrome was announced yesterday via a Google comic book. Basically, Chrome is a Google-enhanced web browser that Michael Arrington of Techcrunch thinks is intended to dethrone Windows.

Google is aiming Chrome to be a web browser for “today’s” Internet, which IE is ill-equipped to handle. This means that Chrome is enhanced to handle web applications heavily laden with JavaScript and other dynamic features such as Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, and others. Chrome is based on WebKit – the same rendering engine that powers Safari on the Mac and the popular iPhone, but more importantly in my world – my S60 browser on Nokia mobile handsets.

What impact with Chrome have on the mobile web? Well my first reaction is that, with it’s tie-in to the mobile world (as Om points out), Chrome will help strengthen the web browser as a platform for building mobile web applications.

Back in March, I wrote a post about mobile web applications. In it, I argued that applications for the mobile platform should be written in the native language for each mobile platform. This is a predicament that many mobile developers face – should I write my app as a web application or a native executable?

Let there be no doubt: After Windows, Mac, and Linux, Chrome will undoubtedly be released on mobile handsets. First they’ll release it for Android, then probably for Nokia, RIM BlackBerry, and iPhone consecutive after that. Chrome, with it’s native support for Gears and super-fast implementation of JavaScript, will be a very lucrative bed of users for mobile web developers.

Theoretically, if Chrome is released and widely-adopted, there will be millions of handsets out there for mobile web developers to get their code utilized upon. That’s huge.

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