Google’s Chrome OS Calculator app is now fully available on the web
Complete with offline capabilities
Slowly but surely, Google replaced old Chrome apps with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). The benefits here are many, including the fact that software like this doesn’t need to be tied to a specific platform. Now Chrome’s calculator app is the latest to find a new home on the web
Starting with the new Chrome OS 97 update (per 9to5Google), Chrome’s calculator is accessible as a PWA. The new web calculator is not radically different from the original app. It launches with a fairly simple interface – allowing operations such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication – which can be expanded to reveal advanced geometry and trigonometry tools.
You can access it by typing calculator.apps.chrome in your search bar. Don’t expect a Material You design language (not yet, anyway) as the calculator still sports the old interface. That said, with all the evidence pointing to Google bringing Material You to Chrome OS soon, it’s not hard to imagine that the Calculator app will eventually get a revamp.
This change will allow anyone to use the calculator on just about any device, regardless of operating system – and since it’s just a calculator, Google has made sure it’s is fully functional even offline. If you want to try out the new web app, especially on your phone, note that it’s clearly still intended for use on a computer (or at least a device in landscape mode), as accessing it in portrait mode produces a very unusable with some hidden commands.
This is just one of many changes Google has been working on in Chrome OS recently, including auto-sharing (still in development), offline grammar checking, and improved Calendar Quick View integration. with ChromeOS. The platform can only move forward, so watch this space for what Google does next.
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