Chrome Web Store Available Worldwide
The Chrome Web Store, Google's app marketplace that runs in its Chrome web browser, is now available worldwide.
TechCrunch reports that Google’s Sundar Pichai revealed the news at the Google I/O event in San Francisco this week. The store is now available to all of Chrome’s 160 million users in 41 languages.
Pichai also said that there have been 17 million app installs, before handing over to Chrome’s Vikas Gupta, who revealed that Google had also introduced support for in-app purchasing, the firm taking a mere 5 per cent cut of sales proceeds – one sixth of the 30 per cent Apple takes from in-app purchases.
The Chrome Web Store launched in the US last December, with an initial 200 apps. Business was slow at first, but with its reach now greatly expanded, that can be expected to change.