Google: Chrome Web Store localized in Malaysia

Google Malaysia held a morning launch event for localized Chrome Web Store on today, May 16 in Flora Terrace @ Hampshire Place.

Hosted by Mr Sajith Sivanandan (Google Malaysia’s Country Manager), along with representatives from Google’s local apps partners which includes:

  • Arun Verma, Head of Technology & Innovation, AirAsia
  • Aizuddin Danan, Head of Web Media Management, Maybank
  • Prem Chandran, CEO, Malaysiakini
  • Jahabar Sadiq, CEO, The Malaysian Insider
  • Izzuddin Mohd Noor, Senior Developer, The Star Online
  • Ikhwan Nazri, CEO,
  • Starting from today, by visiting Chrome Web Store, you’ll notice first top banner there will prioritize on displaying Malaysian applications. Here are several Chrome apps designed especially for Malaysians, created by local developers:

  • AirAsia for Chrome
  • Maybank Dekstop Financial Planner
  • Malaysiakini Chrome App
  • The Malaysian Insider
  • The Star Online
  • Berita Teknologi Amanz.MY
  • To install applications mentioned above in to your Google Chrome:

    i) go to Chrome Web Store
    ii) type-in exact name as listed above in “Search the store” Bar
    iii) click “ADD TO CHROME”
    iv) after Installation done, open a new Tab in Google Chrome
    v) click on Google Chrome Bottom Bar named “Apps” (beside “Most visited”), your installed application will listed there

    (The six local applications introduced today)

    Here are few extra notes i took from the event:

  • Current Chrome for Android Beta support Bookmarks, History and Tabs Sync, App Sync is not available now and might be integrate in near future.

  • For developers, application in Chrome Web Store does not monetize as Android Play Store. However, developer can choose other payment gateway such as Paypal, iPay88, WorldPay, 2CHECKOUT and MOLPay. Refer here for more details: Compare Payment Gateways

  • According to representative from, they monetize the application through adverstiment

  • For new developer that need more information to build application, kindly refer to Google Developers site for chrome:
  • Some Photos during the event:

    Cheras Batu 9 Toll Disassembling

    Around one 11:30 morning, saw workers are disassembling part of the RM1 Batu 9 Toll, Kuala Lumpur-bound (towards KL). They reduced road lanes by using highway cones and it does affect the traffic condition. So do reserve more time while travelling to those area.

    Samsung Galaxy S III: Media Launch on Next Week

    The Samsung Galaxy S III may launch in Malaysia earlier than we expected. The leaked DIGI ROI (Registration of Interest) page earlier already give a hint that the phone is coming soon, refer here: SAMSUNG GALAXY S III COMING YOUR WAY…REALLY SOON.

    Now, Samsung Malaysia is sending out invitation to media for a special media launch for the Samsung Galaxy S III on next thursday, 24th May 2012 in Petaling Jaya area.

    All invited media will be able to preview and experience the best smartphone, if not, best Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S III. I believe details such as actual launch date, pricing and other important information will be unveiled on the same day.

    User Manual for Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300) are now available online, check it out here: User-Manual-I9300