Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

Google kills Chrome Apps by shutting down the Chrome Web Store section

Google kills Chrome Apps by shutting down the Chrome Web Store section

Google has started following through on their plan to kill of Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac and Linux users by shutting down (or at least hiding) the Chrome Web Store Apps section for those platforms. Google sees PWAs as the future, thanks to their superior offline capabilities, efficiency, and uniformity across platforms, but they're functionally similar to Chrome Apps, which are somewhat unintuitive by comparison.

As Google explained in its blog post a year ago, Chrome apps are being killed because no one uses them. In a message Google recently sent to developers (via Android Police), Google said that it was now working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was targetting a launch date of mid-2018. However, the company then made a reversal on Chrome Apps as it announced in 2016 that it would phase out Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux in 2018. The email confirms that Chrome Apps won't be found anymore for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux and that Google intends for Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome Apps.

Record-breaking Leonardo painting goes to Louvre Abu Dhabi
It was sold for just thousands in 2005 but was bought again in 2013 for $127.5 million by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. The painting, the title of which means "Savior of the World" in English, was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

Still, it's a move that makes a lot of sense.

There's also Chrome Extensions, which are still desktop only and aren't going anywhere. "Packaged apps", which were the more powerful applications which were capable of running in the background and could access ports on the device. Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons. 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. Both were desktop-only features, and now both will exist as Chrome OS-only features. Chrome will not fully remove support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux until after Desktop PWA installability becomes available in 2018.

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