Google is planning to kill Chrome apps. The company just announced its plan to discontinue its support for browser-based Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, it will continue this support for Chrome OS. Starting from the second half of 2017, there will be no Chrome apps available to download from every single OS except Chrome OS, and from early 2018, those existing apps won’t even load at all on those operating systems.
Google explained the reason behind this step in a blog post. It’s simple. No one used them.
“There are two types of Chrome apps: packaged apps and hosted apps. Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps. We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years.”
Rather, Google will be putting its effort on the other features of the Chrome Web Store, doubling down on themes and extensions. However, those native apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS, as they play a critical role. Also, the company will work on improving the Chrome apps for Chrome OS devices.