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Google demos Chrome Web Store, to take just 5% revenue cut

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Tue August 17, 2010

Revenue share much smaller than App Store

Google has shown another preview of its Chrome Web Store, a portal for web-based games and other titles. The system will provide a central location for users to find, purchase and download content directly from the browser. Google representatives highlighted the discovery features, Chrome performance, and utilities that guide developers through the process of publishing on the app store.

The search giant is attempting to lure developers with its generous financial terms, as listing on the Chrome portal will only require a 5 percent processing fee. In contrast, the App Store and Android Market both fetch 30 percent of all revenue.

Developers will be able to publish free games, however the initial launch will not support in-app purchases or free trials that require later payment. The company plans on expanding payment options in the future.

Google showed browser-based versions of Plans vs. Zombies, Lego Star Wars, Lemmings, and even a version of Quake II ported by the company's Web Toolkit team. [via 1up]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Eh?

    Pay for a bookmark to a website? And they'll allow free web apps, aka a link to a site, revolutionary. I can't see this being very successful, since it doesn't do anything a link and a paywall doesn't already do. I can't see searching in this 'web marketplace' for a website I'm looking for instead of a classic web search. This seems like another attempt at building a web portal that no one will end up using.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Eh?

    I can't see this being very successful, since it doesn't do anything a link and a paywall doesn't already do. I can't see searching in this 'web marketplace' for a website I'm looking for instead of a classic web search.

    Well, they aren't just 'web sites'.

    And I'm surprised you see no need for a centralized repository of apps (or even links to apps). Gee, Apple does this with their apps and safari extensions, and it's all "What genius! One stop shopping! Who wants to search the web looking for these things when you can go to a central place!"

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: Re:

    I don't use Apple's web app listing site either. I hear about cool web apps in blog posts and social news sites. And they are just web sites; that's all HTML5 apps are. You can go to a URL in a web browser and use the "app", aka web site.

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