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

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Well, almost a year-and-half later Google has completed the job and now, Chrome browser will not be able to access or install any apps from the store.

The blog post reads: "Chrome Apps will be removed from Chrome Web Store search & browse functions in mid-December 2017".

Back in August past year, Google announced that it would be shuttering down the apps section in the Chrome Web Store. It will wait until Desktop PWAs become available to install in 2018.

Starting today you will not be able to find apps section on your chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks.

The company explained its intention to do away with apps a year ago, and as we noted back in August when it officially announced its plans, only about 1 percent of Windows, macOS and Linux users actually used Apps, so they've gotta go.

Users who have Chrome OS laptops won't have to worry since they will still continue to have access to Chrome apps for the foreseeable future, according to Engadget.

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.

PWAs already work on the Chrome app for Android devices.

Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific.

Google removes apps from Chrome web browser. Because of this, other companies are jumping on the PWA bandwagon: it works on Samsung Android phones in the Samsung browser, Firefox on Android, and Opera on Android. 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.

To replace the apps Google is working with developers to create Progressive Web Apps (PWA).



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