Google to End Support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, & Linux
Did you hear- Google to End Support for Chrome Apps?
Google has just announced plans to gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on every program expect for Chrome OS. Google starting later this year.
Therefore, new Chrome apps update will be available only to Chrome OS users and won’t be accessible on Windows, Mac, and Linux. After the second half 0f 2017 sometime.. the Chrome Web Store will no longer display Chrome apps at all on those OS.
As a result, come early 2018, you’ll no longer be able to load Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, or Linux at all. Themes are not at all touched by this change.
Google says that a very tiny percentage of people are actively using Chrome apps. There are two types of Chrome apps..
- Packaged Apps
- Hosted Apps
Almost 1% users on the above-mentioned platforms who use Chrome packaged apps. While most of the hosted apps from Chrome are already implemented as web apps.
Due to this, the company’s justification for this step is that with the progressions of the open web.. there’s no longer any actual space or need for Chrome apps.
For a while there were certain experiences the web couldn’t provide, such as working offline, sending notifications, and connecting to hardware.
According to Google:
Most of those functionality holes have been patched, and more improvements are coming.”
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