July 16, 2012

Time to Experiment with Google Chrome

Google (News Alert) Creative Labs has been experimenting with Java Script, HTML5, Canvas, SVG and WebGL since 2009 in what is known as the “Chrome Experiments,” and now the results of Google’s foray into ambitious Web interactivity can be optimized for mobile browsers.

Nine of the Chrome Experiments are optimized for mobile browsers, and Google has launched a mobile site dedicated to these, while the entirety of the Chrome Experiments is available on Google’s Chrome Experiments website.

The site is subtitled “Not your mother’s JavaScript,” and features 472 engaging Web experiments, but the mobile site is what’s hot right now, coming just on the tails of Google’s new tablet the Nexus 7.

The mobile abilities available from Chrome Experiments are only in the beginning stages, as not all the features work—particularly WebGL—on that platform.

Still, the mobile site launch has gotten Chrome-users excited for the possibilities of experiments available on smartphones and tablets.

Chrome Experiments are all user-submitted, then to be selected by the team at Google, with only one requirement: they must be “fun and fast in JavaScript.” Flash is not the only option anymore, and Google is out to prove this in a big way.

Of the 472 experiments, some are games, some are data visualization, and some are just fun to toy with, so there is no all-encompassing goal here. A good example of what Chrome Experiments can offer is The Indonesian Ramayana, which offers sophisticated game play and storytelling using open web standards. The experiment tells the Ramayana ancient Sanskrit epic story in the Indonesian language, but serves as a springboard for the imagination—what else could Chrome Experiments do?

Now that Google Chrome is slated to be the world’s most popular browser, Google’s experiments from 2009 are largely supported by most other browsers, and they are coming out with more every day. Some popular experiments right now include; Arcade Fire, Google Sphere,  Dreams of Black, Ellie Goulding’s Lights and  Multi-touch Toy

Want to learn more about HTML5? Then be sure to attend DevCon5, in New York City, July 23-24, 2012. HTML5 has the potential to revolutionize user interfaces, challenge the status quo and change the future of both desktop and mobile web experiences. Join fellow web developers, designers, and architects, as well as technology leaders and business strategists who will gather in New York to learn strategies and tactics to implement and execute HTML5. For more information on registering for DevCon5 click here.

Edited by Brooke Neuman


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