iGoogle Widgets and The First App Store
iGoogle the father of Web 2.0 - iGoogle shaped and inspired many technologies. To name a few, The Web UI Frameworks and the Community App Store Idea. Even though the “Desktop” was just a webpage and the apps were web widgets. - 2010
The API access could be any web app or Google Service. I made a Online Desktop in its memory. The Cloud Desktop (2017). The code is still in 2010 version, see in google code archive.
The Chumby Device had this Chumby ARM Board. You could program the Widgets that could scroll or cycle thru the screen. Like News, Clock or Weather. The App Store was available but the device had to be configured unlike the Apps on the Phone today, which is much easier. This was the first App-Store that worked with a Touch-Screen.
The Desktop Computer wastes a lot of power but a HandHeld is green, sustainable. A 10” Tablet is the best way. So do not wait buy some Laptop, Notebooks, Tablets and Netbooks and use your Desktop Computer when necessary for larger tasks.