Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

Google already announced previous year that it will be pulling down the shutters on its Chrome Apps sometime in 2017. According to the company's blog post, it was the initial step in the process to shut down the Chrome Apps section as nobody wants to download apps through their browsers [Chrome] anymore.

Google had announced back in August 2016 that it would end Chrome apps across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms citing the reason that less than 1 percent of users were using them. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018. Both app categories will now be accessible only on Chrome OS and not the desktop. And folks just using Chrome to surf the web will still be able to download extensions and themes. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows and Mac desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks. 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. Chrome Apps came in two varieties: "packaged apps" and "hosted apps".

To replace the apps Google is working with developers to create Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Another example of a PWA website is one where it can be "installed" and added to the user's home screen. The more powerful Chrome Apps were "packaged apps", which could run in the background and access hardware like USB ports. Google says it's planning to bring PWA desktop apps to Chrome sometime in mid-2018.

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This move by the firm comes as it works on Progressive Web Apps or PWAs.

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