Google Formally Shuts Down 'Apps' Section on Chrome Web Store

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Some packaged apps were able to take advantage of USB-connected hardware, but if Google's figures are right, it seems like not many people cared for them. "We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years".

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.

If you're wondering whether you'll miss out on much, don't worry: as Ars Technica noted, many Apps were essentially little more than bookmarks for webpages, with the added benefit of being able to access them from various parts of Chrome's interface.

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

In order to enable a more seamless transition from Chrome Apps to the web, Chrome will not fully remove support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux until after Desktop PWA installability becomes available in 2018. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized".

Google says it is "roughly targeting mid-2018" for PWA desktop apps. With the shutdown of Chrome Apps, Google is working to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop.

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The web giant revealed in 2016 that it planned to phase out Chrome Apps in 2018. PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera.

"We also recognize that Desktop PWAs will not replace all Chrome App capabilities", Google told developers (via ArsTechnica). 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.

This is the companion extension for the Chrome Remote Desktop website (https://remotedesktop.google.com).

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