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NPR For Chrome: Don't Call It A Web App

by Jeremy Pennycook
Dec 7, 2010

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Well, you can if you want, but really, there's more to it than that.

Today, Google launched the Chrome Web Store and, with it, we've launched a new web app. And what is that, you might ask?

If you're among the millions of NPR listeners who've downloaded an app from us, then the Chrome Web Store will feel familiar. And if you're tired of feeling left out, seeing all the apps on your friends' smartphones and tablets, then your app envy ends here.

Google's Chrome Web Store is a new online marketplace centered on its super speedy web browser, Chrome. In the store, users can search, browse and use web-based applications and extensions — everything from productivity tools to research sites to interactive games.

NPR for Chrome brings you the content you love, optimized for this platform. It's News, Arts & Life, and Music features in a magazine style.

If you're looking to interact with NPR content in a new way, or you've been itching for a good reason to try out Chrome, then check it out. The cool thing is, as long as you have Chrome, you don't need to install or download anything else.

But wait wait... there's more!

Like to get your geek on? Well, you'll be happy to know that NPR for Chrome leverages the power of HTML5. Using a technology called Sproutcore, this web app has the potential to work in other modern browsers, on tablets, and even be repurposed for other app stores. Pretty sweet, right? Keep reading this space for more developments from Inside NPR (see what we did there).

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