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Google offers new sales options for Chrome Web Store

Want to sell that beautiful new Chrome theme or offer in-app payments in your Chrome OS app? Google has expanded developers' revenue options in its browser-based app store.

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Google has added new options for developers selling software through its Chrome Web Store.

Those selling software for Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS operating system now have a variety of new sales possibilities, according to a blog post Tuesday by Chary Chen of the Chrome Web Store team. Among those options are the ability to offer:

  • Free trials of Chrome extensions and Chrome packaged apps.
  • Themes that cost money.
  • Extensions and packaged apps that include in-app payment possibilities.
  • Subscriptions for Chrome extensions.

Google's Chrome Web Store has brought the app store approach to Web apps and to software that extend what Google's browser can do. That means people have a convenient, central place to find software that's assured to work well with Chrome and that Google tries to keep free of malware.

The store also furthers Google's ambition to make the Web into a better foundation for software, not just for relatively static documents.

The Chrome Web Store isn't without critics, though. It also means that developers have to share a portion of their revenue with Google, that they might write Web apps that are tailored just for Google's browser, and that users who pay for such an app would have to pay again to use it on a different browser. Those latter points go against the Web's ethos of universality.