Google's Progressive Web Apps will replace Chrome Apps next year

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

After announcing it a year ago, Google has finally removed the apps section from its Chrome Web store on Mac, Windows and Linux Platforms.

The Chrome Web Store is still showing Chrome Apps for Chrome OS users at this time, but Windows, Mac and Linux users are not seeing any apps or games - though it's understood you can still link directly to the apps themselves for now.

Google is yet to make an official statement but it has removed the "Apps" section from Chrome and has started emailing developers about the same, leaving only the "extensions" and "themes" tab to choose from. Which app did you use most on your chrome browser? 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. The company has sent an email to developers, in which it was mentioned that Google was working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was planning to launch in the mid of 2018.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps.

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

Support for Progessive Web Apps is becoming more available, with Microsoft building support for PWAs into Windows 10, and Apple is similarly building support for PWAs into Safari. 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.