Google Removes Chrome Apps From Web Store, Shifting To Progressive Web Apps

Google Removes Chrome Apps From Web Store, Shifting To Progressive Web Apps

Google is officially done with Chrome Apps for desktops: it's now removed the Apps section from the Chrome Web Store, leaving only Extensions and Themes available for you to customize your browser with from here on out. Users of Google Chrome on Mac, Linus and Windows PCs will no longer be able to download and install Chrome Apps from now on.

In a change from the original plan, Google won't immediately remove Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux by Q1 2018.

Google said, that the apps already installed in Chrome shall no longer functional by early 2018. You might have already seen some of these on your mobile device: they're sites that get a full-screen immersive interface, push notifications, and an icon on your home screen. As Chrome apps are nearing complete elimination, this web portal will be helping users alongside an extension too. In smartphones, native apps have proved to be more popular than web apps for their reliability and speed. "We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years". As on Chrome OS, the app will continue to work. Google hasn't announced anything yet for Chrome OS, but it's likely that Chrome apps might go away, too.

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To replace the apps Google is working with developers to create Progressive Web Apps (PWA). PWAs use the modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to the web or desktop users. An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen. The more powerful Chrome Apps were "packaged apps", which could run in the background and access hardware like USB ports.

Google has taken this decision since only 1 percent of users actively using Chrome packaged apps.

With this new web portal, users will be required to login to and connect remote devices.