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Google Shuts Down Chrome Apps From Web Store, Moves to PWAs

07 December 2017, 12:30 | Marlene Myers

Google removes Chrome Apps from Web Store, pushes to PWAs

Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

In August 2016, Google had announced that the company would be shutting the apps section in the Chrome Web Store.

Well it is informed that Google will not immediately remove Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux in first quarter of 2018.

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The Chrome Web Store is still showing Chrome Apps for Chrome OS users at this time, but Windows, Mac and Linux users are not seeing any apps or games - though it's understood you can still link directly to the apps themselves for now. Add to that, most of the hosted apps were, in fact, already implemented as regular Web apps. It plans to ship the PWA functionality in mid-2018, and will allow users to install web apps to the desktop and launch them via icons and shortcuts. It'll be interesting to see if people care to adopt these once they're widely available.

As Google explained in its blog post a year ago, Chrome apps are being killed because no one uses them. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though. There are two types of Chrome apps: "packaged apps and hosted apps", Google explained in a blog post from previous year. Google hasn't announced anything yet for Chrome OS, but it's likely that Chrome apps might go away, too. "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". PWAs can work across multiple browsers even on mobile devices, and can deliver an app-like experience to desktop websites. When Google's done working on PWAs on Android, the company could move forward by bringing it to other versions of the Chrome web browser. According to a report by Ars Technica, Chrome applications which are already installed by users will continue to function for the time being but will be phased out come Q1 2018.

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