Google has been working hard in making more and more Chrome apps available offlines so that users can user them without the Internet connectivity. Earlier this year Google added 'badges' to those apps which were available offline.
However, finding an offline app was a bit harder. There was no dedicated category which hosted 'offline' apps. Google has now made it easier for users to find the offline apps.
Joe Marini, Developer Advocate, Google says, "To recognize developers who have made their apps work offline - and help users find them - we created a special collection just to highlight them in the store."
You can find 'Offline Apps' under the 'Collection' option.
It's extremely easy for developers to their offline apps in this collection. All they need to do is to add the offline_enabled flag to their app's manifest file. Joe has asked developers to ensure that their apps do work offline before they implement the flag.
Chrome Web Store Expanding
Google has expanded the reach of the Chrome Web Store by announcing its availability in Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.Goog This opens a bigger market for developers as their apps will be now available to the additional potential users. However, in order to succeed in the new markets developers must localize their apps apps in as many languages as possible. Chrome Web Store is now available in the 42 countries around the globe.
In addition to that Google is also adding a new graph view for developers so that they can see how well their apps are doing in the store. It will help developers in knowing how many times their apps and extensions are being viewed vs. how many installations are occurring. Google is planning to enhance this feature by increasing the historical period for which data is available and add other features to help developers understand how their apps are being adopted.