Sound familiar? We are flattered.
To us, this is further validation of: 1) the value of breaking apps free of the browser for a highly engaging, native-like app experience on the PC and 2) the importance of modernizing the app experience on the PC form factor, despite the PC’s premature eulogies.
But we have a long ways to go. Web apps are still largely second-class citizens to the browser, clicks and tabs away from connecting developers and users. The PC ecosystem has been left in the dust, when comparing the software and hardware innovation to what we’ve witnessed in mobile.
While there are striking similarities between Chrome Apps and Pokki, our motivations and approaches to solving these problems are quite different.
Google’s “Trojan horse” aims to make Chrome OS “a full-fledged operating system” (chockfull of Google search and services) to replace Windows, whereas Pokki is here to help reinvigorate the Windows ecosystem – for users, developers, and device manufacturers.
While Google preaches “open” through its use of “open standards,” the Chrome App Store is all about Chrome Apps. Pokki, on the other hand, is focused on improving app access and discovery regardless of the app type, device, OS, browser, or search engine. In fact, we just opened our app distribution platform to support multiple app types (like traditional PC desktop apps). Who knows, if Chrome Apps ever gain traction, maybe we’ll add Chrome App support as well!
Despite our different motivations and approaches, we are officially welcoming Chrome to the party! Better late than never!