As the feature gap between native apps and web apps narrows, the number of high-performance web apps has only increased. A Googler took the time to share a massive showcase of web apps made possible by Chrome’s “Capabilities Project” APIs.
Over the past few years, Google – along with various partner companies – has been working on the “Capabilities Project” (sometimes called “Project Fugu”) which aims to make web applications as powerful and convenient as their natively installed counterparts. This mission has taken the form of new APIs allowing web developers to add an app icon to the home screen, access Bluetooth/USB devices, and read/edit your files, all in a way that ensure the security of your device.
Whether you’re a web developer looking for inspiration for your next project or just want to learn more about what your web browser can do, you might be interested in the Introducing the Fugu Project APIas advertised on Chrome Developer Blog. The storefront is curated (at least in part) by Googler Thomas Steiner and currently features 45 different web apps, ranging from fun little demos to full development suites, created by big companies like LEGO and independent developers.
Best of all, it’s also easy to see which of these apps have been made open source, so you can learn how to use the various Capabilities project APIs, for example. While each of the APIs used debuted in Chrome, they should work in virtually any Chromium-based browser, like Microsoft Edge, and some of the Capabilities Project features have also been adapted for Firefox and Safari.
If you’re developing a web app that uses some of the newer Chrome APIs, or know of an app that should be included, the storefront is also open to submissions.
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