The fame of Chrome Browser has been enhanced by the availability of several Chrome extensions. During the recent Chrome OS event held at San Francisco, Google unveiled its Chrome Web Apps store which hosts several apps (paid and free) to further enhance your browsing activities. Chrome extensions and Chrome web application might confuse users who are new to the browser and hence in this article we will explain the differences between the two.
Major Differences Between Chrome Extension and Chrome Web Apps
One of the major differences between Chrome extensions and web applications is their location. Majority of the Chrome extensions can be downloaded from Chrome Extensions Gallery whereas Chrome Web Apps can be installed from Chrome Web Store.
Another major difference between Chrome extensions and web apps is the fact that while extensions are used to enhance the functionality of the Chrome Browser, web apps run within the browser having a different user interface. Unlike web applications, extensions have little or sometimes no UI component.
From a technical perspective the major difference between Chrome Apps and extensions is the presence of “launch” parameter in apps which indicates Chrome to show when user starts an application installed by him/her.