As expected, Google launched its Chrome Web Store today, offering users of its browser free and paid Web apps.
The search giant also boasted of speed improvements in the roughest builds of the Chrome browser.
Currently the Web app store is available only to U.S. users, but the company said it would expand to other countries and support foreign currencies early next year.
The Chrome Web Store supports only Google Chrome, which is required to install apps, a message stated when Computerworld accessed the online market using Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox.
During a presentation hosted online at its YouTube subsidiary, Google also touted new speed improvements to its browser and claimed that more than 120 million people are now using Chrome.
"This is the biggest performance improvement since we launched Chrome in 2008," said Milikin and Schneider.
Crankshaft has been added to the so-called "canary" build of Chrome, and will later land on the more reliable "dev," "beta" and "stable" versions in that order.
Users can switch to the canary channel, which is available only for Windows, by downloading that edition from Google's site.
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