Google is killing Chrome Apps for desktops, for good

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After announcing it past year, Google has finally removed the apps section from its Chrome Web store on Mac, Windows and Linux Platforms. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018. However, Apps will still be available on Chrome OS-powered devices, like Chromebooks, and they're accessible via direct links to their Chrome Web Store pages. In the post, Google said that "approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps". Which app did you use most on your chrome browser? It'll be interesting to see if people care to adopt these once they're widely available.

"As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it's time to begin the evolution away from the Chrome apps platform".

All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps.

Google says it is "roughly targeting mid-2018" for PWA desktop apps. An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen.

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Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app.

"We also recognize that Desktop PWAs will not replace all Chrome App capabilities", Google told developers (via ArsTechnica). Because of this, other companies are jumping on the PWA bandwagon: it works on Samsung Android phones in the Samsung browser, Firefox on Android, and Opera on Android.

The web giant revealed in 2016 that it planned to phase out Chrome Apps in 2018. Microsoft already announced that it's bringing PWAs to Windows 10, while Apple is in early stages to bring it to the Safari web browser.

Google removes apps from Chrome web browser.

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