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Google opens Chrome Web Store to developers

Preview lets developers experiment with packaging and payment

Google has opened its Chrome Web Store to developers.

The web store, which was first unveiled by the search engine earlier this year, is designed to offer a selection of apps that can be downloaded for use with Google's Chrome web browser and its Chrome OS, which isn't expected to launch until Q4 of 2010.

"Since our announcement of the Chrome Web Store at Google I/O, our team has been hard at work preparing for our launch later this year. Today we're making the first step towards this milestone by making available a developer preview of the Chrome Web Store," said software engineer, Michael North, in a blog.

Google said the developer preview of the web store gives developers the chance to upload apps, which can either be free or paid-for, and "experiment with packaging them, installing them in Chrome (using the latest Chrome dev channel) and integrating our payments and user authentication infrastructure".

Under the Chome Web Store rules, developers will receive 95 percent of all sales of paid-for apps through the store, forking out just a $0.30 (19p) transaction fee.

Google also said that the Chrome Web Store will feature a completely new design when it launches making it easy for users to discover great apps, extensions and themes all in one place.

The developer preview of the Chrome Web Store can be found here.

See also: Google Chrome tablet could hit US in November


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