Google removes Chrome Apps from Web Store, pushes to PWAs

Google is killing Chrome Apps for desktops for good

PWAs again aim to bring a few app-like features to websites, giving them a full-screen interface, an "installable" app icon, push notifications, and offline capabilities.

Back in August previous year, Google announced that it would be shuttering down the apps section in the Chrome Web Store.

Google is yet to make an official statement but it has removed the "Apps" section from Chrome and has started emailing developers about the same, leaving only the "extensions" and "themes" tab to choose from.

"As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it's time to begin the evolution away from the Chrome apps platform". This is the plug-in point for password managers, script and ad blockers, mail checkers, and even the occasional fully fledged app, like Google Hangouts for Chrome.

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The email confirms that Chrome Apps will not be found anymore for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux, because Google intends for Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome Apps. If only 1 percent of users used Chrome Apps when it was supported on the major desktop OSes, you've got to wonder how dead and abandoned the platform will be when it is only available on Chrome OS. Chromebooks are already capable of running some Android apps and apps on the Chrome browser would seem redundant.

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

Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps. It will wait until Desktop PWAs become available to install in 2018.

Google removes apps from Chrome web browser. 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. In a message Google recently sent to developers (via Android Police), Google said that it was now working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was targetting a launch date of mid-2018.

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