Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps

Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps”

After announcing it past year, Google has finally removed the apps section from its Chrome Web store on Mac, Windows and Linux Platforms. While Google did mention at the time that it might take them up to Q1 2018 to strip out the program completely, the company has shut down the "app" section present previously on the Chrome Web Store.

What's more, Google confirmed that its PWA's wouldn't be able to offer the full range of capabilities that Chrome Apps can, but said it was "investigating" ways to make the transition easier for developers whose apps are reliant on the pre-existing Chrome APIs.

We already knew that Google had big plans for its Progressive Web Apps (PWAs).

At the time, Google announced that Chrome Apps are used by only 1% of Windows, Mac and Linux users. However, the Chrome OS users will still have access to the apps installed by the Store for the foreseeable future. In the email sent to developers, Google said they will be working to bring Progressive Web Apps to Desktops with a mid-2018 target date for that functionality anticipated at this stage. It will wait until Desktop PWAs become available to install in 2018.

What has also now been made apparent is that Google is planning to replace Chrome Apps with PWAs on desktop systems. Most Android browsers including Opera, Firefox and the Samsung mobile browser support PWAs, so this looks like the way forward.

For Chromebook users, or ChromeOS users chrome apps will continue to work there and you will get regular updates from the app developers.

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