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11 Best Chrome Web Apps That You Should Try Out Now

December 8th, 2010 by

Chrome Web Apps

Google Chrome has recently launched their dedicated store for applications and it has been quickly filled with lots of apps, Some being simple bookmarks for the original sites and others having an ability to do most of the work straight from your browser, using Flash or our favorite, HTML5.

Here is my list of Best 11 apps which you can try them both on Chrome Browser and Chrome OS:

1. TweetDeck

tweetdeck

Well who doesn’t know about TweetDeck – It is your personal browser connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz, bringing all those features you see in its Desktop app in its web app:

  • Your Home column brings the conversation to you in one combined column with your friends’ updates from across all your connected accounts.
  • Never miss a thing with your mentions column capturing @replies to you or Facebook notifications.
  • Your Inbox column is your social inbox, showing your Twitter Direct Messages.
  • Upload photos with a single click with geo-tag function.
  • URLs auto-shorten using j.mp
  • Real-time streaming ensures you experience Twitter at full speed!
  • Explore Twitter profiles with an in-depth profile view

2. HootSuite

hootsuite

Another Social Media Dashboard, as powerful as TweetDeck, HootSuite brings all your Twitter, Facebook updates & more networks, plus monitor real-time search and track results in the app. Features:

  • Multiple Social Networks for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, foursquare etc
  • Scheduling & Drafts – Pre-schedule updates and automatic drafts saving of message.
  • URL Shortener using Ow.ly and Ht.ly
  • RSS/Atom Feeds – Auto-update your social profiles from your blog or news feeds
  • Statistic Reports – Track click-throughs using built-in URL shortener plus export analytics reports.
  • Geo-search – Search locally to build business and/or find the conversations in your area
  • Mobile Platforms – Access your HootSuite account and data from multiple mobile tools including Android

3. Advanced Image Editor by Aviary

aviary

An incredibly useful and fun web-based image editor that can be utilized by anyone looking to retouch and manipulate a photo. From basic image editing to manipulating complex effects, Aviary’s Advanced Image Editor delivers essential key features such as:

  • Over 30 rich editing tools
  • Powerful layers
  • Import from popular photo-sharing sites
  • Large database of image effects
  • Resource browser
  • Blend Mode

4. Box.net (with free 5 GB Storage)

box.net

Box.net offers some great features and compatibility options (the latest Microsoft Office files, image and mp3 files, flash video, Photoshop and Illustrator and more). Features include:

  • Files are accessible anywhere from your Desktop and even an app for Android iPad, iPhone, Blackberry is also available.
  • Share any file with just a link.
  • Collaborate with your team and colleagues on a whole folder of files.
  • HTML5 drag-and-drop technology lets you seamlessly move files back and forth between your desktop and Box account.

5. NYTimes

nytimes

The NYTimes app for the Chrome Web Store is a sophisticated HTML5 application that leverages advanced browser features to deliver a unique and compelling reading experience that can be read online or offline.

Features:

  • All major sections including top stories, business, technology, Opinion, science, travel, fashion & style, most e-mailed and more.
  • Beautiful Design with Clean style Text and Large, beautiful photos.
  • Fast and easy keyboard shortcuts and navigation
  • Customizable views that allow you to change the look and feel
  • Offline reading capabilities (text only)
  • Breaking news alerts to keep you informed

6. eBuddy Web Messenger

ebuddy

eBuddy, One of the most popular multi-network Web Messengers, is a full-featured multi-network instant messenger. Use it to chat on Yahoo!, AIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, MSN and MySpace Chat. Features;

  • Instant notifications when a buddy signs-in, sends a message
  • Send and receive messages on any IM network.
  • Tabbed Chatting: Organize your chats in one window with tabbed chatting.
  • Highly Customizable with different colors, layouts and themes.

7. Flixster

flixster

Flixster, one of the best app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, is now available in the Chrome Web Store with features such as keyword navigation, reviews and trailers of movies and much more:

  • Use your keyboard to browse opening and top box office movies.
  • Get up-to-date showtimes for theaters in your area.
  • Watch high quality trailers for over 10,000 blockbuster and indie films
  • An “instant” search to quickly navigate to any movie within our database
  • Read critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes & audience reviews from Flixster
  • Discover movies ready to take home in our DVD catalog of over 50,000 movies

8. Todo.ly

todo.ly

With Todo.ly app, Create todo lists, and manage them online from anywhere. It helps you to organize your tasks into projects and sub projects with Selection of icons for projects to highlight them even more.

  • Managing Tasks and Projects is pretty easy with its drag & drop feature.
  • Assign due date to your tasks not to forget them.
  • Tasks will pop into your Today list as due dates approach.
  • Sort the tasks within the project by Due Date to see what you need to focus on.

9. Read Later Fast

readlaterfast

Something similar to Readitlater, Read Later Fast saves web-pages for you that you can read later even when offline in a clean format like a slideshow.

Currently, this is an early-beta version and everything is saved locally but the company has plans to integrate it with Diigo, Dropbox, box.net, Google, Delicious, Evernote, Instapaper, ReaditLater in its future versions.

10. Springpad

springpad

Springpad is a free application that makes it quick and easy to take notes and save anything you want to remember in one place – from tasks and lists to products, places, movies, recipes and more. Everything you save is automatically synchronized and instantly accessible on the web and your phone.

  • Take quick notes and tasks to capture ideas and information
  • Save and access your stuff on the Web and from any Android and iOS device
  • Use the web clipper and Chrome extension for more ways to save on the Web
  • Easily add tags, flags and alerts
  • Set reminders for anything you’ve saved
  • Share your stuff with friends and family

11. Fiabee

fiabee

Fiabee for Chrome is an app that lets you intuitively manage all your files distributed across your many devices, directly from the web. You can specifically select which files you want to synchronize from your devices and store onto the others. App features:

  • Access and search your files even when you’re offline in all of your devices
  • Send files to your Android with a simple drag&drop in your Chrome Browser.
  • Select Files you wish to be synchronized automatically.
  • Google Docs integration: view your MS Office files and PDFs directly from the app.

12. SlideRocket

sliderocket

SlideRocket is a rich, innovative platform that lets you create, share and measure your presentations in one beautifully designed office-like application. You can create stunning presentations with it which you can access from anywhere. It also has a HTML5 viewer for iPad and iPhone.

Features:

  • Easily record audio on your slides enabling on demand presentations.
  • Add video from your library or via YouTube.
  • Share presentations easily via a link, or embed in a web site or blog.
  • Manage a library of presentations, slides and assets across the organization.
  • Conduct HD web meetings and share presentations in real time.

This is not a free app. However, you can use it on a trial basis and will have to pay when you reach the trial-limit.

Bonus:

13. Onslaught! Arena

chrome web app - onslaught arena

Onslaught! Arena is a fast-paced, arcade-style medieval fantasy shoot ’em up. This is an awesome Retro style game for chrome. Though this is a paid game, costing $4.99, you can try it up-to 10 waves (i.e. levels) including one of the 5 unique bosses.

  • Quick gameplay, easy to pop in and start having fun immediately
  • Ability to continue from your last saved game
  • Compete with other players online via the high score table

I played this game for about 30 minutes and I must admit it was very addictive. I had to force my mind to stop playing this as I had other important things to do too 😉 Thanks to our reader, richtaur who suggested me to add this.

14. PostPost

PostPost is like a social Facebook newspaper. Catch all the articles, videos and photos your friends and fan pages post to Facebook. You can organize and view content by photos, links, videos and more. Super sleek design and a great way to catch up on your Facebook newsfeed in less time.

Thanks to Julie for reminding me to add this.


This list ends here but expect us to come up with more great apps for Chrome as more apps start flooding in. You can subscribe us or follow us on twitter for latest updates 🙂

[Thanks to our readers, Gebbclient, Jawad, Julie and Maggie for sending in the suggestions 🙂 ]

(35) Comments

  1. Jawad

    this is a great list, yet, I am persuaded that HootSuite should be first as it is useful for individual, professional, and enterprise users. Also, the HootSuite URL shortener is not mentioned as one of the advantages. Final point, tracking statistics and scheduling messages are indeed attractive and competitive functionalities.

  2. Robert

    eBuddy makes you watch a video ad before you can sign in and has a huge banner ad next to the chat all the time. Why would I want to use it when there are other web messengers with no ads?

  3. richtaur

    Aw, you guys didn't include mine ;) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/khodnfbkbanejphecblcofbghjdgfaih Seriously tho, good stuff in the Chrome Webstore. I'll definitely be watching it closely.

  4. Maggie

    Hi Saket, Thanks for the review of "Read Later Fast" by Diigo and for including in this top list! As you probably know, another Chrome app, Quick Note" by diigo was also released yesterday. Both fully leverage what Chrome 8 offers, such as HTML5 and local storage. In the case of Quick Note, it is a lightweight note-taker that feels like a full-blown desktop app. It not only allows you to jot down simple notes, but also make it super-easy to clip from webpages as you browse. While both apps are in early beta version, they have been well received in the Chrome Web Store and garnering very high user ratings Our team will be improving them at a fast pace over the coming days. Currently, both apps save things locally. We will soon sync them with Diigo and other online services, making them the best single-function client-side apps. As you may know, two other Chrome extensions by Diigo, “Awesome Screenshot” and “Diigo Bookmark, Archive, Highlight & Sticky-Note” are among the highest rated Chrome extensions, as users rave about how useful they are. Make sure to check them out as well. Thanks again!

  5. ShopGlider

    I came across this great ShopGlider app. Helps to manage and organize grocery shopping lists and recipes and share them with family and friends. Also runs on WP7. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/amlaangphhocoadfbogkjfomfceioeaj?hl=en-US

  6. Julie

    This list is great, but it's missing one of the absolute best Chrome apps out there. PostPost. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ppljepfclkbpmkclbopgnfajoenjonae. It organizes your facebook newsfeed into a newspaper-style format. You can organize and view content by photos, links, videos and more. Super sleek design and a great way to catch up on your Facebook newsfeed in less time.

  7. Madel3

    A piano: http://www.chromeextensions.org/other/virual-piano-keyboard/ Wall Games: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/cfcackpfmlhgmmakbdhgnhdgmibfdkik ;)

  8. John Mal

    This app is a free alternative to Spotify And a Good one ! YouZeeK https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bjcgpdkighmjfjlplcighhgamlhkimce You'll find every music in the world for FREE :)

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  10. Flas

    Hi Edwin,Hope all is well.I am using a B&N Nook Color rooted and ruinnng Honeycomb. Can I test out the Android feedly when it is available?Thanks, Phil

  11. Putra

    feedly android will be reeaseld before March 11th. But based on track record, we can probably expect a Feedly for Android only 4 weeks away announcement on the 12th.

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