Google has launched a new feature for its experimental Chrome Canary browser for Mac, enabling a beta function that allows users to open local Mac files using Chrome apps in Finder. Using the feature, Chrome apps can be associated with OS X files, bringing Google one step closer to replacing desktop functionality with its browser.

For example, the Chrome Text app can be used to open any Mac text file, as seen in the screenshot below. The Text app shows up as an option right alongside native options like TextEdit.

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It is now possible to get OS integration of file associations for Chrome Apps in Chrome Canary for Mac.

All you need is to enable the experimental chrome://flags/#enable-apps-file-associations flag and restart your browser.

Enabling this flag in Canary Chrome will let users choose installed Chrome apps as an option when opening an associated file, with the apps behaving as native Mac apps. As noted by Gigaom, the process functions through app manifests, which allow developers to specify which apps are compatible with different file types via file handlers.

While the feature is currently limited to Chrome Canary for testing purposes, many Canary functions eventually make it to Google's stable Chrome browser. There is no word, however, on when the new feature might make it out of testing as there are still several bugs to work out.

Top Rated Comments

Futurix Avatar
133 months ago
Chrome is like a parasite, embedding itself in host OS - to promote Google's web platform :eek:
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacLC Avatar
133 months ago
Google will be selling even more of your personal info to advertising companies.

Exactly. It took me a while to understand Google's motives although they had made it clear early on. They want to control the world's data.

I switched from iOS when my old phone broke and I didn't have money for an iPhone. I switched back from Android when to download even a basic app, I had to give it access to my phone book and call list.

There is nothing a person cannot do in MS Office, iWork, or Star/Open/Libre that they can with Google docs, except unwillingly and unwittingly give away my private data to Google.

With "free" Google software the user is the product.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elmateo487 Avatar
133 months ago
While this is fully optional... Who would prefer their crappy web apps over ANYTHING else?

MAYBE a business who has gone all google, and does everything in the google cloud.

Maybe.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
roadbloc Avatar
133 months ago
What use would that be?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gotluck Avatar
133 months ago
I seem to have forgotten my tinfoil hat
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JackieTreehorn Avatar
133 months ago
What use would that be?


Google will be selling even more of your personal info to advertising companies.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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