Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Google Removes Chrome Apps From Web Store, Shifting To Progressive Web Apps

Google Removes Chrome Apps From Web Store, Shifting To Progressive Web Apps

It plans to ship the PWA functionality in mid-2018, and will allow users to install web apps to the desktop and launch them via icons and shortcuts. These extensions, also available through the Chrome Web Store will be right where there were accessible from previously.

In August 2016, Google had announced that the company would be shutting the apps section in the Chrome Web Store. Chrome Apps came in two varieties: "packaged apps" and "hosted apps". They already work on Chrome for Android, so once Google is done here, PWAs would be the only Chrome app type to work across desktop and mobile. 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.

Yesterday, Google kept its promise by completely removing apps from the Chrome Web Store. According to a report by Ars Technica, Chrome applications which are already installed by users will continue to function for the time being but will be phased out come Q1 2018. If only 1 percent of users used Chrome Apps when it was supported on the major desktop OSes, you've got to wonder how dead and abandoned the platform will be when it is only available on Chrome OS.

Google is now looking forward to bring the Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop.


If it sounds complicated, you can check out the Google Support documentation which takes you through setting up and using Chrome Remote Desktop on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC or Chromebook. Another example of a PWA website is one where it can be "installed" and added to the user's home screen.

Another great thing about Progressive Web Apps is that it's not exclusive to Google's Chrome web browser because it uses all existing W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards. 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.

Google removes apps from Chrome web browser.

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