Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps

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Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

As announced earlier Search Engine Giant Google has shut down the Chrome Apps web Store all platforms. Users will not be able to access or install any apps from the store.

By early 2018, Chrome apps that are already installed on the Google's browser will no longer work. Hosted apps were basically glorified bookmarks, which makes little sense on a real desktop OS but gave Chrome OS users a way to pin important webpages to certain parts of the UI. People who use Chrome just for web surfing will be able to download extensions and themes.

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. These extensions, also available through the Chrome Web Store will be right where there were accessible from previously. Developers can continue to build Chrome apps (or Android apps) for Chrome OS.

Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.

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Google is now looking forward to bring the Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalised." said an update on the blog post.

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. The PWA would proffer few native-app-like features such a full-screen interface, an "installable" app icon, push notifications, and offline capabilities. 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.

PWAs already work on the Chrome app for Android devices.

They'll be replaced by mid-2018 by the introduction of Progressive Web Apps for desktops.

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