Google launched the Chrome web store early this month. As we expected, there has been a huge surge in the number of apps being submitted to the web store and it becomes really tough to know which of them are really worth trying, since many of the apps are nothing but the bookmarks to the homepage of the service. I have no clue why Google is allowing such low quality bookmarks as apps in the web store. So, here is an attempt to filter out the best Chrome web apps for the benefit of each one of us who are Chrome users. It does include some apps which are bookmarks but of higher quality and give APPy feeling to the users.
Best Chrome Web Apps – Social Media
1. TweetDeck – TweetDeck is your personal browser connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz.
2. eBuddy Web Messenger – eBuddy Web Messenger is a full-featured multi-network instant messenger. Use it to chat on Yahoo!, AIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, MSN and MySpace Chat.
3. Hootsuite – Use HootSuite’s social media dashboard to update Twitter, Facebook & more networks, plus monitor real-time search and track results.
Best Chrome Web apps – News
4. NYTimes – The NYTimes app for the Chrome Web Store is a sophisticated HTML5 application that leverages advanced browser features to deliver a unique and compelling reading experience that can be read online or offline.
5. USA Today – The latest news, scores, weather, stocks and photos you’ve come to expect from USA TODAY and now available in a beautiful new way, in HTML5. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy or enjoyable.
6. Sports Illustrated Snapshot – Snapshot from Sports Illustrated delivers the world in sports photos every day to your desktop. The free app offers Sports Illustrated’s exclusive photos from our award-winning photographers, photo essays from the biggest global sporting events, rare images from our archives and up-to-the-minute sports information.
7. NPR – Experience NPR in magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music content that’s broad, deep, and timely. Popular features include playlist, hourly newscasts, station finder, and sharing.
Best Chrome web apps – Games
8. Sinuous – Sinuous is a very straight forward and addictive game where your objective is to avoid colliding with red dots by moving your mouse pointer. As you progress through the levels you will notice the speed and number of dots on screen increasing.
9. The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2 – The Fancy Pants Adventures takes all of the exciting adventures from the original two games and now adds an entirely new world, all-new story and new modes designed exclusively for consoles.
10. Wordico – Go head to head with your friends in this addictive crossword game! Play multiple games at once and choose from 17 unique board designs: Letter Bomb, Double Trouble, Zig Zag, and more!
Best Chrome Web apps – Office
11. SlideRocket – SlideRocket is a rich, innovative platform that lets you create, share and measure your presentations in one beautifully designed office-like application. You can create stunning presentations with it which you can access from anywhere.
12. Fiabee – Fiabee for Chrome is an app that lets you intuitively manage all your files distributed across your many devices, directly from the web. You can specifically select which files you want to synchronize from your devices and store onto the others.
13. Springpad – Springpad is a free application that makes it quick and easy to take notes and save anything you want to remember in one place – from tasks and lists to products, places, movies, recipes and more.
14. Todo.ly – Create todo lists, and manage them online from anywhere. We desgined Todo.ly for intensive everyday work.
Best Chrome Web apps- Movies and Music
15. Flixster – Flixster, one of the best app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, is now available in the Chrome Web Store with features such as keyword navigation, reviews and trailers of movies and much more.
16. Clicker.TV – Clicker is the premier Internet TV guide. Search, save and watch all the full-length TV shows, movies and Web series available online.
17. Grooveshark – Grooveshark gets you straight to the music you love. Search and play millions of songs on demand, save playlists of your favorite tunes, and share music across the web.
Best Chrome Web apps – Web designer
18. Aviary Photo Editor – Aviary’s new HTML5 Photo Editor is a revolution in quick and easy photo editing! With a few clicks anyone with an internet connection can edit a photo into a beautifully layered piece of art or perform a series of simple touch ups.
19. Sketchpad – MugTug Sketchpad brings your favorite digital painting tools to the browser with a tool set including paintbrush, texture stamp, and spiral brush.
Best Chrome Web apps – Weather
20. Weather Underground – Weather Underground for Chrome provides the most spectacular way to view current weather conditions and forecasts from across the world!
So, here are some of the best chrome webapps in each of the major categories. As the time passes by we will see many more apps getting added and the existing apps getting updated. Do let us know what your personal favorites are.