Google is adamant that web apps are the way forward, through both the Google Chrome browser and Windows smashing Chrome OS. But if you were worried that meant a future of shonky, barebones browser apps, you needn’t be: Google is building 3D acceleration support straight into Chrome, meaning spangly graphics like a desktop app – or even a game or two.
Google Chrome programmer Greg Spencer has said the search giant is planning on baking in the fancy O3D plug-in so it’s pre-installed in Google Chrome OS, meaning web apps will become much more powerful and better for online browser-based gaming. Crysis? Not quite, but a lot better than what we have right now.
There are similar plug-ins available for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, but by stuffing it straight in, Google is making a bold statement: with Google Chrome it wants to set a new 3D standard for the internet, not make it optional.
The news is even more significant when you consider how important the browser will be in Google Chrome OS. If a Google Chrome OS netbook could offer high quality gaming with top graphics, as well as your basic word processing and picture viewing Microsoft and Windows 7 will have a serious rival to deal with.