Google on Wednesday fulfilled its promise to get rid of Chrome applications. As the web giant focuses on extensions and web applications, Chrome apps are no longer available for download in the Chrome Web Store.
Google told developers by email that the Chrome team is working to enable Progressive Web Apps (PWA) that can be installed on the desktop. It plans to send the PWA functionality in mid-2018, and will allow users to install web applications on the desktop and run them through icons and shortcuts.
Chrome for Android has already been compatible with PWA, and its goal is to make the web feel like a native application
The network giant revealed in 2016 that it planned to phase out Chrome apps by 2018. Chrome apps have now disappeared from the discovery, they can still be downloaded with a direct link. Chrome will not completely eliminate support for Chrome applications on Windows, Mac, or Linux until the PWA Desktop installation is available in 2018.
"We also recognize that desktop PWAs will not replace all the capabilities of desktop applications. Chrome, "Google told the developers (through ArsTechnica ). "We have been researching ways to simplify the transition for developers who rely on Chrome's exclusive application APIs, and we will continue to focus on this, particularly in Sockets, HID and Serial APIs."
Google has not detailed the removal of Chrome apps from Chrome OS. Chrome OS users have apparently paid attention to web and Android applications.