Google To Bake Android-Like Web Intents Into Chrome

Google is going to make web apps more powerful and flexible with Web Intents which will allow web apps to communicate with each other.

Web Intents is announced to be integrated into Chrome.  It lets two separate applications to communicate with each other, without either of them having to actually know what the other one is. They offer and listen for generic hooks.

If you install a new image editing application on Android, the default Gallery app doesn’t have to integrate any special APIs in order to send a photo to that editing app. A new photo hosting site could also easily integrate editing functionality from something like Aviary or Picnik, without either of those services needing to implement a special API unique to that photo hosting site. In other words, web apps will be able to operate more like native applications.

This is what Google posted on its blog:

We are hard at work designing an analogous system for the web: Web Intents. This web platform API will provide the same benefits of Android Intents, but better suited for web applications. When designing the system, we have first and foremost been interested in creating a simple, easy-to-use API. With Web Intents, you will be able to connect your web app to a service with as little as two lines of code! Chrome will perform the heavy lifting for you. As with Android, Web Intents documents an initial set of intent actions (edit, view, share, etc.) that likely cover the majority of use cases on the web today; however, as the web grows and sites provide more functionality, new intent actions will be added by services that document these intents, some more popular than others. To foster development and use of intents, we plan to create a site to browse existing intents and add new intents.


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