Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps

Enlarge  The Chrome Web Store

Enlarge The Chrome Web Store

The removal of apps from the Chrome Web Store was actually first announced by Google back in August 2016.

Back in August a year ago, Google announced that it would be shuttering down the apps section in the Chrome Web Store. 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. All Chrome Apps that have already been installed on Chrome browsers will also cease to function sometime in early 2018. The company in its blog post states that this was a step in direction of shutting down the standalone Chrome apps that nobody really downloaded for their browsers.

"The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux beyond the previously announced deprecation timeline".

In order to enable a more seamless transition from Chrome Apps to the web, Chrome will not fully remove support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux until after Desktop PWA installability becomes available in 2018. As the web giant focuses on extensions and web apps, Chrome Apps are no longer available to download on the Chrome Web Store. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks. However, the Chrome OS users will still have access to the apps installed by the Store for the foreseeable future. PWAs aren't exactly a "standard" but are a catch-all phrase for a combination of existing W3C standards like a Web app manifest for app icons and service workers for push notifications and background updates.

Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps.

"We also recognize that Desktop PWAs will not replace all Chrome App capabilities", Google told developers (via ArsTechnica). PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera.

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