Chrome 32 Beta lets you try apps before you buy (or install)

By enabling the experimental ephemeral apps feature, you can launch apps without needing to first install them.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Chrome 32 Beta has a useful feature that lets you launch apps from the Chrome App Launcher without first installing them.

If you are using Chrome 32 Beta and are running Windows or Chrome OS, you'll need to enable the experimental ephemeral apps flag to use this feature. To do so, head to this page:

chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-apps

The "Enable experimental ephemeral apps" line should be highlighted at the top of the page. Click the Enable link and restart Chrome.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Now, when you open the Chrome App Launcher, for any app that gets returned as a search result, instead of the single Add to Chrome button you'll see two: Add and Launch. Click the Launch button to open the app without installing it.

For more on Chrome 32 Beta, read Seth Rosenblatt's overview .

(Via OMG Chrome)

Tags:
Tech Culture
Read the full CNET Review

Google Chromecast

The Bottom Line: Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes. / Read full review

About the author

Matt Elliott, a technology writer for more than a decade, is a PC tester, Mac user, and amateur photographer based in New Hampshire.

 

ARTICLE DISCUSSION

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

Hot on CNET

CNET's giving away a 3D printer

Enter for a chance to win* the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and all the supplies you need to get started.