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

07 December 2017

By early 2018, Chrome apps that are already installed on the Google's browser will no longer work.

More than a year after the announcement, Google Chrome is finally pulling the plug on its "Apps" section from the Chrome Web Store on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. The company explained that it made a decision to shutter apps from the Chrome browser simply because not a lot of people were actually using them.

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Google, in a blog post from August previous year, said that the apps project had failed, with just about 1 percent of the total users from Windows, Mac, and Linux actually installing and using them on the Chrome browser.

The blog post reads: "Chrome Apps will be removed from Chrome Web Store search & browse functions in mid-December 2017". There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though. 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. However, Apps will still be available on Chrome OS-powered devices, like Chromebooks, and they're accessible via direct links to their Chrome Web Store pages.

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Well it is informed that Google will not immediately remove Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux in first quarter of 2018. Existing apps will continue to work and receive updates. Google expects that PWAs will be available on desktops come mid-2018. An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen.

Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps. 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.

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Google's replacement for Chrome apps will come in the form of what it refers to as PWAs or 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.

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