If you haven't been taking Chrome OS and the Chromebook seriously as a viable computing platform, it's time to take another look. Last year saw the launch of Chrome Apps, designed to run like native desktop applications, and just last week, Google announced that select Android apps such as Evernote and Duolingo would be coming to Chrome OS thanks to the App Runtime Project. That's in combination with the vast library of Chrome extensions already available. It's an interesting time for the Chrome browser and Chrome OS. Check out our picks for 15 of the best Chrome Apps available today.
Sunrise Calendar is the most gorgeous free calendar app you can get. Sync your iCloud and Google Calendars to the app to beautify and simplify your appointments. You can quickly add events by clicking on a start time, dragging to an end time and inputting all the details you want. An added beauty of Sunrise is that it's cross-platform compatible; use it on your smartphone, laptop, tablet and anywhere else, so you're never left wondering where you need to be next.
If you've ever accidentally closed a tab or hit Back while completing an online form, Lazarus Form Recovery is the tool you've been waiting for. This Chrome app saves everything you type in online forms and backs it up as you go, encrypting it so it's safe and secure. If you do accidentally delete something, simply click on the Lazarus icon in the corner of the text box you were working on, choose the text you wrote from Lazarus' menu and pick up where you left off. The app also has a nifty setting that lets you save forms for a period of time, so you can revisit completed documents.
There are three rules of 0h h1, and you can talk about all of them. First, no three red tiles or three blue tiles can be next to each other in a row or column; second, a full row or column must have the same number of red tiles as blue tiles; third, no two rows can be the same, and no two columns can be the same. Conquering this tricky little puzzle game isn't as easy as it might seem, making it an addictive fusion of sudoku and tetris that always brings a challenge.
Telegram is an ultra-secure, encrypted, cloud-based messaging app that lets you chat with your friends across any device. The Chrome app is clean and easy to use, and you'll have access to all your messages whether you're on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Recently updated to support embedded Instagram photos, Twitter posts, plus YouTube, Vine and Vimeo videos, this is the most secure messaging app you'll ever need.
One of the world's premier cloud note-taking apps, Evernote now comes to Chrome OS as part of the first wave of Android apps making their way to Chromebooks. More than just a bookmarklet the Evernote app provides you with the full-on note-taking and organizing experience. In addition to a clean and uncluttered notepad, the app allows you to organize your notes and other files into searchable, cloud-based notebooks that can be synched across devices, with even more features available to premium subscribers.
Gmail Offline tackles one of the basic weaknesses of webmail services: offline availability. Gmail Offline is a Chrome app that syncs your Gmail account whenever you're online, allowing you to access your mail when you're not connected. You can read messages, archive mail and even write new mail or replies. The next time Gmail Offline detects an Internet connection, it automatically executes all of your offline actions when syncing data.
The Plex app for Chrome allows you to organize, stream, and share your movies, videos, and other media stored in your Plex Media Server. In combination with the media server, Plex organizes your media, automatically providing descriptions, artwork and other information. You can then stream your media straight to the Plex app on Chrome or to your other devices, with advanced features such as syncing available for Plex Pass subscribers. A notable omission in the Chrome app is Chromecast support, which necessitates going through the Web interface to cast.