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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/29/2014 | 10:38:24 AM
Unified data view?
Does the bridge concept mean that the data in/generated by these apps on one device is accessible by all devices? Say for example that I get a text message on my Android phone via one of these apps; could I retrieve and answer that message on a Chromebook in real or near real time? Essentially, what's the selling point for end users?
Thomas Claburn
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1/29/2014 | 12:34:51 PM
Re: Unified data view?
It would depend on the architecture of the app. If the messages are stored on a remote server, then any instance of the app, regardless of its client environment, should be able to access the messages. If it's a game that stores a set of preferences locally, then opening that same game on a diffent device wouldn't access the same preference file, unless it has been synced through a cloud service.

The selling point for end users is access to more potential apps. But the real value here is for developers. If you can develop a Chrome App and have it run on mutliple platforms and devices, that's much less work than doing specialized builds for each device.


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