Chrome team has released Chrome 19 as stable version with many new features like tab synchronization and over 18 critical bug fixes. The tab sync allows users to synchronize opened tabs across multiple devices including Android handsets.
With Chrome 19, Google has also enabled experimental support for Web Intents – a technology inspired by Android’s Intents feature – which allows web apps to register with the browser as a service that provides specific types of functionality like sharing links, editing or saving images etc. To start with Web Intents, developers should refer this introduction page and the latest W3C spec draft. In the following video, Google’s Paul Kinlan explains Web Intents in brief:
A very interesting feature of Web Intents is that if a user doesn’t have any application installed for the requested intent action, Chrome will show a list of suggested apps available in Chrome Web Store (CWS), and the user can install them with just a single click. This one-click installation process uses recently introduced Inline Installation feature which makes it possible to offer installation of extensions and apps available in CWS from any other web page.
How to use Web Intents in Chrome
Starting with Chrome 19, Web Intents is enabled by default, so you don’t need to change any setting. To test settings yourself, enter chrome://chrome/settings/content in the address bar and scroll down to the bottom. Make sure you have checked the option “Allow Web Intents to enable me to connect my applications” (as shown in the following screenshot). To try web intents visit this demo site.