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This article was published on September 14, 2012

Google passes 500 Chrome Experiments, continues to push forward with the latest Web technologies

Google passes 500 Chrome Experiments, continues to push forward with the latest Web technologies
Emil Protalinski
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Emil Protalinski

Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Google today announced that it now has 500 experiments over on ChromeExperiments.com. In fact, the search giant created the 500th experiment, an array of interactive particles, each one of them corresponding to a different submission that can be sorted by date or by category. In other words, the latest experiment is an experiment of experiments. You can check it out here: Experiment 500.

Google launched ChromeExperiments.com back in March 2009 with just 19 experiments. That means the company has seen some 481 submissions in 42 months, or more than 11 new experiments added every month.

The whole point of the website is to show that the World Wide Web “is capable of amazing things and is becoming more capable all the time.” Google’s business relies on pushing the Web forward, and that’s exactly why the company launched Chrome: it wasn’t happy with the development pace of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

So ChromeExperiments.com is all about demonstrating the Web’s potential, while also promoting Chrome, since all the submissions from the “creative coding community” have to work well with Google’s browser. It also lets the search giant keep track of trends amongst Web developers: the company says some of the original experiments are still popular today, but the new ones are where things get really interesting.

Google noted that after Chrome added support for WebGL, the company started seeing beautiful 3D graphics experiments, and when Web Audio came out, it received experiments that let users compose music. With the release of Chrome for Android and iOS, the search giant announced a new gallery of mobile experiments. The latest experiments to become popular have been ones that show off real-time coding.

Head over to ChromeExperiments.com and play around. You’re very likely to find something that will shock and awe you.

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