A new Chrome app is in the works, and developer François Beaufort  has let the cat out of the bag and shown the world a quick peek at Google+ Photos.

Nicknamed "Pulsar" the app is powered by Native Client technology and is gives you the ability to upload and share photos from Google Chrome. For now, Beaufort warns the app is broken (we can't get it to open on our Chromebook Pixel running the latest Chrome stable build, but it does install), but he's shared a few pictures showing a good bit of the UI.

Two of the features are mentioned specifically are automatic selection of the best shots and automatic import when inserting a memory card or plugging in a camera. It's a great example of what a full Chrome app might look like, and lets us know Google still has plans for ChromeOS.

If you're interested in checking out the source, you'll find it at the link below. Be sure to jump through the break to see the screenshots.

Source:+François Beaufort


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Google+ Photos app coming to Chrome, developer gives us a peek


I had good fun trying out this today! The Chrome experience is as close to Android that I've seen. Get ready for the Morphing of both into a single OS I'd say!

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion on where this app resides - Chrome OS or Chrome Browser or both. The G+ post hops back and forth.

My big concern is, if this is a Picasa replacement will it migrate our Picasa folders, etc. up in the cloud and recognize what is already in the cloud versus on the PC? The last thing I want to do is reorganize 10 years of photos on my PC and in the cloud.

G+ Photos does indeed read everything you've already got in PicasaWeb, and the reverse is also true (what you do in G+ albums can be visible via PicasaWeb.) Frankly I'm not sure why they continue to support the old PicasaWeb interface.

"There seems to be quite a bit of confusion on where this app resides - Chrome OS or Chrome Browser or both."

I think that's the point. ChromeOS apps exist in the browser. They may exist *offline* in the browser, but it's all a browser window. There are only a handful of apps that exist only in ChromeOS but aren't available for Win/Mac/Linux versions of Chrome. (Non-Silverlight Netflix playback being the most blatant, but also the file manager.)

The real question is how this app handles offline media. ChromeOS needs a story for sorting and editing photos *before* they end up in the cloud. Folks who shoot RAW photos (exactly the types of users who drop $1,300 on a HiDPI laptop) can't wait to upload everything to the cloud before they can do their work. (You can easily fill up a 16 or 32 GB card on one day of shooting RAW photos. Even on Google Fiber, that's a hell of an upload.)

If Google isn't building an offline workflow for photos and videos on ChromeOS, it's either a sign that ChromeOS isn't yet mature enough to handle real offline work, or a sign that the Google strategy tax is preventing ChromeOS from becoming a legitimate alternative to legacy operating systems.