Mobile Chrome apps get improved notifications and sign-ins

Chrome Apps for Mobile

Google's Chrome Apps for Mobile project has been handy for developers who want to repackage their websites as native apps for your phone, but the resulting projects have been limited in what they can do -- it's pretty obvious that they're recycled. As of now, though, they'll behave much more like apps built from the ground up for your Android and iOS devices. A new version of the project lets you provide your identity to these apps by signing in, and they can send you rich notifications with content previews, much like what you're used to on Android. There's also much better support for messaging and other services that need to talk to servers. Developers will have to build these features into their software before you'll notice the difference, but don't be surprised if the lines between native and web apps suddenly get very blurry.