I have used Google Chrome as one of my daily browser for quite sometime. One thing I like about Google Chrome is the ability to add web apps and it also have pretty good Web Store as a centralized place to find your favorite apps. Some of those web apps really leverage the experience of using the browser. Yes, it’s sometimes offers basic functionality only and need fast internet connection to have smooth experience, but these web apps can do what out computers might not have power to do. It can do heavy-intensive task in their very powerful server and the result is sent to our computer via internet.
The experience of getting the Chrome web apps is very pleasing and easy. You just need to Google Web Store, sign in with your Google Account and you’re ready to download your favorite web-apps. The Web Store is not perfectly well organized but Google has made it look much nicer now. Anyway, here are some of my favorite web apps:
With Hootsuite, you can manage all of your social network accounts. It can connect to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Ping.fm, WordPress, Myspace, and mixi. The interface of Hootsuite is multiple columns and multiple tabs. Each tab contains multiple columns and each column can be customized to show certain type of information taken from your social network.
2. Kindle Cloud Reader
Kindle Cloud Reader is similar to the Kindle application for other platform. It shows all your purchased Kindle e-books. You can select e-books to become available online. However, the Cloud Reader has some limited functionality, for example: it can’t add highlights and notes.
3. NPR For Chrome
NPR’s web app has similar interface with its version for iPad. It divide the content into several categories and you can see more contents belong to each categories by clicking the right arrow beneath each category’s content carousel.
4. 280 Slides/Slide Rocket
280 Slides and Slide Rocket are two different web-apps but with same/similar function. Both has pretty rich feature and really great looking. In my opinion, the Slide Rocket is better in overall features but 280 Slides is not bad at all.
Pixlr-o-matic is a web-apps to add various (retro) effects to your photos (ala Instagram). You can use your own pictures collection or you can snap new photo using your computer’s webcam and then select which effects you want to add to your pictures. The interface of Pixlr-o-matic mimic photograph being developed in the darkroom.
6. Layers – Facebook, Twitter, RSS
The developer describes Layers as an elegant, fluid way to see what your friends are sharing on social networks, letting all your networks flow together and the Layers app for Google Chrome transforms the experience of surfing through the social web into an elegant, visual flow, providing users a beautiful way to get updates, view videos and share content. It can aggregates contents from your social network accounts, like Facebook and Twitter.
7. Aviary Music Creator
Aviary Music Creator is a simplified digital audio workstation that lives inside your browser. You can select your instrument from the available there and start making your beats. When you are done with your creation, you can download it to your computer.
Feedly gathers all your news from your Google Reader account or based on the topics you’re interested in and present it in a nice and simple interface, magazine-like layout. Its minimalistic layout removes all the distraction from the contents you should pay attention to. A very recommended RSS reader, especially if you have Google Reader.
9. Yoono – InMag
This web-app is a unique RSS feed aggregator. All you need to do is specify your interests and it will populated with contents you are interested in. When you click any of those tiles, you will be able to read the whole or partial content. You can click the link to take you to the original site so you’ll be able to read the whole article.
10. Weather Windows by WeatherBug
This web app, like other weather application, enables to show weather prediction for your current or selected area. You can also “see” the weather for your area via the nearest weather cam in window metaphor. Your favorite cities will be shown in tabs, so you can easily jump back and forth to see weather information in those cities.
Those are 10 my most favorite Google Chrome Web apps. You can find these apps from Google Chrome WebStore (link here). To download Google Chrome browser itself, go to this link for online installation or this links (link 1 for your own user account only or link 2 for all user accounts on your computer) to download the offline installer or to this link to download Google Chrome portable. By the way, if you have more suggestions or you want to recommend your own Google Chrome Web Apps, you are invited to leave comments in the comment section.