Google’s Joe Marini confirms in a blog post that they have released the new Search UI for the Chrome Web Store. What this means is that the next time you're on the store looking for something, you will be able to see the top search results across Apps, Extensions and Themes, all in one page. Users can further limit the search to a single category by either picking one of the options on the selector option at the top or by clicking on the category heading at the top of each set of the search results.
Seems like Google has big plans up for its Chrome Web Store. The search giant is seemingly working on a significant update for the Chrome Web Store, which is used for distributing apps and extensions for both Chrome and Chrome OS.
The update, if and when it comes through, will bring multi-platform support to the store, which has thousands of applications and add-ons for the browser. With multi-platform support, developers do not need to create different versions of the same application for differing platforms like Windows, Mac or Linux. Instead, they will have to upload one app or add-on extension with everything that’s needed for all platforms. Users will only be shown the versions of the app that are relevant to their platforms. In simpler terms, Google will let developers build an app for all platforms and upload it once to the store so that users can grab the corresponding versions for their device.
Top results across Apps, Themes and Extensions
This new development was spotted by long-time Chrome and Chrome OS evangelist, François Beaufort. Beaufort was recently hired by the Mountain View company to work as an open-source Chromium developer and promoter. The Frenchman has had a history of spotting changes in the code for Chromium and Chrome, which hint at forthcoming updates. This latest one was seen by Beaufort in the Chromium Code Review post.
On the subject of a possible multi-platform development for Chrome Web Store, Beaufort, said, “Your zip file uploaded to the Chrome Web Store will contain platform-specific resources for each supported platform (a la i18n). Chrome Web Store will generate one .crx file per platform and serve the appropriate one based on your device.”
Beaufort went on to say that the benefits of such an update are obvious. “Network bandwidth saved and less disk space used on your machine,” was his simple reasoning.
In the Code Review, Google calls this the “webstore multi-crx feature”. According to the issue report, it will be available for all platforms Chrome browser currently runs on. These also include Android and iOS, which means even the mobile Chrome Web Store will be able to get the same apps that its PC counterpart gets. Of course, the Chrome Web Store is a major component of Chrome OS, so developers will be able to seed out their apps for that platform as well.