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


Google sees PWAs as the future, thanks to their superior offline capabilities, efficiency, and uniformity across platforms, but they're functionally similar to Chrome Apps, which are somewhat unintuitive by comparison. We were also aware of it that Google would drop Chrome web apps from Linux, Mac and Windows.

If you're wondering whether you'll miss out on much, don't worry: as Ars Technica noted, many Apps were essentially little more than bookmarks for webpages, with the added benefit of being able to access them from various parts of Chrome's interface. Google hasn't announced anything yet for Chrome OS, but it's likely that Chrome apps might go away, too. By early 2018, Chrome apps that are already installed on the Google's browser will no longer work.

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"The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux beyond the previously announced deprecation timeline". There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though. However, Chrome users who just browse the web will still be able to download and install extensions and themes.

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PWAs already work on the Chrome app for Android devices.

Chrome Remote Desktop is of course Google's remote admin tool, allowing you to remotely access your, or someone else's computer, tablet or phone. The company has sent an email to developers, in which it was mentioned that Google was working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was planning to launch in the mid of 2018.

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The web giant revealed in 2016 that it planned to phase out Chrome Apps in 2018. "We have been investigating ways to simplify the transition for developers that depend on exclusive Chrome App APIs, and will continue to focus on this - in particular the Sockets, HID and Serial APIs".