Google Pulls Down Apps Section From The Web Store On Google Chrome

Google Pulls Down Apps Section From The Web Store On Google Chrome

Both app categories will now be accessible only on Chrome OS and not the desktop. 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.

The removal of apps from the Chrome Web Store was actually first announced by Google back in August 2016.

"As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it's time to begin the evolution away from the Chrome apps platform".

Google, in a blog post from August a year ago, said that the apps project had failed, with just about 1 percent of the total users from Windows, Mac, and Linux actually installing and using them on the Chrome browser.

In the wake of Google's decision to kill off Chrome Apps like Remote Desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux users, Google is about to launch a web portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons. 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. As the web giant focuses on extensions and web apps, Chrome Apps are no longer available to download on the Chrome Web Store.

Users who have Chrome OS laptops won't have to worry since they will still continue to have access to Chrome apps for the foreseeable future, according to Engadget.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized". Google expects that PWAs will be available on desktops come mid-2018.

Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app. Because of this, other companies are jumping on the PWA bandwagon: it works on Samsung Android phones in the Samsung browser, Firefox on Android, and Opera on Android.

Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps.

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

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