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

More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be private from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we’ve come to that indicate today. Google has close down the “app” territory of a Chrome Web Store for those platforms, definition we can’t implement Chrome Apps anymore. Google has started promulgation out emails to Chrome app developers revelation them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while formerly commissioned apps still work, a functionality will be nude out of Chrome in Q1 2018.

As Google explained in a blog post final year, Chrome apps are being killed since no one uses them. In a post, Google pronounced that “approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome finished apps.” Chrome Apps came in dual varieties: “packaged apps” and “hosted apps.” Hosted apps were fundamentally saved bookmarks, that creates small clarity on a genuine desktop OS yet gave Chrome OS users a approach to pin critical webpages to certain tools of a UI. The some-more absolute Chrome Apps were “packaged apps,” that could run in a credentials and entrance hardware like USB ports. Both were desktop-only features, and now both will exist as Chrome OS-only features.

There’s also Chrome Extensions, that are still desktop customarily and aren’t going anywhere. Extensions are also commissioned by a Chrome Web Store and customarily live subsequent to a residence bar as buttons. This is a plug-in indicate for cue managers, book and ad blockers, mail checkers, and even a occasional entirely fledged app, like Google Hangouts for Chrome.

Google wants to chuck nonetheless another app form into a mix, though. With a shutdown of Chrome Apps, Google is operative to pierce Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to a desktop. PWAs again aim to pierce a few app-like facilities to websites, giving them a full-screen interface, an “installable” app icon, pull notifications, and offline capabilities. They already work on Chrome for Android, so once Google is finished here, PWAs would be a customarily Chrome app form to work opposite desktop and mobile.

Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific. PWAs aren’t accurately a “standard” yet are a catch-all word for a multiple of existent W3C standards like a Web app perceptible for app icons and use workers for pull notifications and credentials updates. Because of this, other companies are jumping on a PWA bandwagon: it works on Samsung Android phones in a Samsung browser, Firefox on Android, and Opera on Android. PWAs got a large boost to pierce over Android when Microsoft announced it was bringing PWAs to Windows 10, and even Apple has solemnly started work on adding PWA support to Safari.

Google says it is “roughly targeting mid-2018” for PWA desktop apps. There’s still no word on stealing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though. If customarily 1 percent of users used Chrome Apps when it was upheld on a vital desktop OSes, you’ve got to consternation how passed and deserted a height will be when it is customarily accessible on Chrome OS.