Google is working to bring a version of its Chrome OS app launcher to the Mac, allowing users access to a collection of web apps normally only accessible via the Chrome browser.
Because the Chrome OS platform runs Web apps instead of traditional programs, the app launcher is a vital part of the experience. Instead of having to enter Chrome to execute app functions, the launcher breaks out the Web-based titles into a separate window.
If you’re interested in giving the beta version of the Chrome app launcher for Mac, you can download the latest build of Chromium and run a switch command in the terminal.
Apps will show as a pop-up above the Chromium icon in the OS X dock, and selecting an icon will launch the app in a new browser window. Apps run in the browser, but the launcher will save you a couple of clicks opening a particular app.