Chrome kiosk app Quick Start Guide

Differences between Chrome App Builder and Chrome Sign Builder

There are 2 Google kiosk utilities you can use as you are creating your kiosk app: Chrome App Builder and Chrome Sign Builder. Chrome App Builder is used when content resides at one URL and the URL doesn’t change, and Chrome Sign Builder is used when content resides at multiple URLs.

Chrome App Builder creates a simple HTML5 kiosk app with a customized user experience, such as navigation controls.  You would use Chrome App Builder to create a Chrome kiosk app when the content URL isn’t going to change. Examples are an online catalog, point-of-sale software, or printing a boarding pass in an airport. The URL for these kiosks wouldn’t change (even though the content at the URL might change).

Chrome Sign Builder creates a schedule to display a digital sign. In most cases, the content displayed in digital signs requires more than one URL. For example, a restaurant kiosk would have separate URLs for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, and an additional default URL that displays different content when the restaurant is closed.

Finally, Chrome App Builder lets you set session idle timeout and restart session controls so that that user data is cleared between user sessions. This is important for digital kiosks where the user interacts with the app, such as a ticket printing kiosk.

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