Snapseed integration in Google+ photo editing isn’t just some fancy web programming; the implementation takes advantage of Google Chrome technologies that will help the browser continue to mature as a platform with apps of its own.
If you’ve edited photos on Google+ lately, you might have noticed some handy new tools. And if they look familiar, that’s because they’re part of Snapseed: A mobile app for iOS and Android that Google bought in 2012. The new editing tools offer a glimpse into Google’s ongoing Chrome strategy: Finding ways for web apps to have the power of traditional software for mobile devices and computers.
The Snapseed tools work offline, even though you access them through the browser. How’s that work? Two of Google’s main Chrome technologies — Packaged Apps and Native Client — are the answer. These allow apps to be more robust than traditional web apps and can even be written in non-web programming languages such as C and C++. By doing this, Google is taking advantage of Chrome’s large user base to boost web engagement.