Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

Google launched the Chrome Web Store for the Chrome web browser in 2010 letting users install extensions, themes, and Chrome Apps. 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.

Users who installed the apps before can use them until the first quarter of 2018.

Currently, users can still install apps by opening the direct link. 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. 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. These extensions, also available through the Chrome Web Store will be right where there were accessible from previously. "We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years". The more powerful Chrome Apps were "packaged apps", which could run in the background and access hardware like USB ports. Google hasn't announced anything yet for Chrome OS, but it's likely that Chrome apps might go away, too. But when it does, it'll mean that PWAs are supported across Chrome and Android devices, which does make you wonder if that's the future of the splintered dual operating system. These apps are installable and bring features like push notifications, immersive full-screen experience and more. PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera. This means that the website has an icon, works offline and basically feels just like a regular desktop app, except it uses the Chrome framework.

Google removes apps from Chrome web browser.

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