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Making Chrome more app-ealing in Malaysia
Chrome Web Store helps Malaysian Chrome users find the best apps on the web

We just launched the Chrome Web Store in Malaysia today. The Chrome Web Store is an open marketplace that gives users an easy place to browse, discover and purchase the best apps on the web, and it gives developers a dedicated place to showcase their web applications.
Web apps make the web fun, useful and entertaining. However, discovering the best applications on the web -- like a great game of virtual basketball -- can be a challenge because there has never been a dedicated place to search and browse for them. Now, with ratings, reviews and a user-friendly interface, the Chrome Web Store gives users an easy place to discover and purchase these web apps.

Sajith Sivanandan, Country Manager, Google Malaysia said, “We’re especially excited that the new Chrome Web Store includes several apps designed especially for Malaysians, created by local developers.”

For news and current affairs, check out the The Star, Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider apps. For travel booking and information, there’s the Air Asia app. For technology news and views in Malay, the Amanz.my Chrome app will keep you up to date. And, for your personal finance needs the Maybank app is also available.

Of course, there’s Angry Birds and Battle Stations too, as well the popular file storage app Box, photo editing tools like Pixlr, and the Google Docs suite.

You can also find in the Chrome Web Store lots of extensions and themes to help you customize your web browsing experience. Extensions are custom features and functionalities that you can add to Chrome. Unlike apps, extensions like PrayOnTime -- which displays the Islamic daily prayer times for your location -- are always available no matter what website you’re on. Themes change the appearance of the background of your Chrome browser to give it a personal touch.

In the Chrome Web Store, apps and extensions are presented in a wall of images when you visit the store, so you can quickly scan the store and find interesting things to try out. Apps and extensions are easy to install (watch a video here: Google Chrome: New Tab Page) — just hover over an image and click “Add to Chrome.” You can also choose from hundreds of eye-popping themes.

“For Malaysian developers, the launch of the Chrome Web Store means they’ll be able to easily build and distribute their apps to the more than 200 million people around the world who already use Chrome,” Sajith adds. “A check with GS statcounter informs us that Chrome is used by 44% of desktop Internet users in Malaysia.”

Chrome users will now find it much easier to discover and add new apps, extensions and themes to their web browser, across a variety of categories. And as more developers come on board, you can expect to see apps from great local publishers, content creators and companies.

To try these new apps, as well as tens of thousands of items in the store, download Google Chrome at http://google.com/chrome and visit the Chrome Web Store at http://chrome.google.com/webstore.
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Usually not. Most announcements like this are done via a media conference at a small-ish venue.
 
I agree, most of my friends don't even know half of what services Google offer. They need that spark, to create the interest in Google's products.
 
Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for being on G+. As our presence here grows (it's been 16-months) we'll be in better shape to do more.
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