Today’s newest Chromium builds are showing a new feature in Chrome Labs – Background Webapps. By downloading the latest build and typing in “about:labs” in the Omnibox, Background WebApps is now an option in an ever-growing list of features that make up Chrome Labs, experimental features that are expected to be seen in the more user-friendly Chrome builds sometime in the future.
The description here is pretty self-explanatory, although this doesn’t appear to be something directed specifically for the browser but Chrome OS itself. There are inevitably going to be applications that need to be constantly running in a web-based environment, just as there is with native applications in a traditional operating system.
I see no discernible difference right now by enabling this, but hopefully applications that must run in the background as described above doesn’t lead to bloat-type processes that drag down system resources unsuspectingly from users. That’s a big problem with operating systems right now and hard for many to fix on their own because of the lack of simplicity.