We all know Francois Beaufort for being the Chrome evangelist that eventually got hired by Google, who lets the world (or at least the people in Google+) know what’s new and cool in Chrome OS. We’ve followed and listened to him for a couple years now, and now we get to try out his first app. He, with the help of Chrome Apps on Mobile toolchain, has created a cross-platform app while having no inherent Java skills.
Cog, his app, is a very simple app that allows you to view plenty of system information such as: CPU, memory, display, battery and network info. The app is more of a proof of concept to show off what Chrome.system.* APIs can do. With that, Beaufort took his Chrome app and transformed it into a fully functional Android app.
This could be very beneficial to beginning developers interested in taking their Chrome apps and efficiently porting them over to Android, or just developers that don’t want to learn a totally new language for the same app. Either way Cog is a great proof of concept and a very useful app in general. Plus it’s free on the Play Store and the Chrome store, and has publicly available code for those that want to dig around in the app.