Google Pulls Down Apps Section From The Web Store On Google Chrome

James Marshall
December 7, 2017

More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we've come to that point today. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized". Google has shut down the "app" section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can't install Chrome Apps anymore.

If you're wondering whether you'll miss out on much, don't worry: as Ars Technica noted, many Apps were essentially little more than bookmarks for webpages, with the added benefit of being able to access them from various parts of Chrome's interface.

Google told developers via email the Chrome team is working to enable Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) that can be installed on the desktop. It'll be interesting to see if people care to adopt these once they're widely available.

As explained in the report, there were two broad types of Chrome apps available to users. 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. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks. For more information on PWAs, you can visit the dedicated Google developers page here.

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

Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app. By early 2018, Chrome apps will be rendered unusable and instead be replaced by recently-launched Progressive Web Apps (PWA) that rolled out on Android in February this year.

Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps. 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.

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