New York (The Verge) — Google is finally killing off Chrome apps, which nobody really used anyhow theverge.com/2020/1/15/2106….
Google announced that Chrome apps will no longer work on all platforms by June 2022. Google had previously said it would be ending support for Chrome apps on Windows, macOS, and Linux, but we now know that the company is ending support for Chrome apps on Chrome OS as well.
A Chrome app is a web-based app that you can install in Chrome that looks and functions kind of like an app you’d launch from your desktop. Take this one for the read-it-later app Pocket, for example — when you install it, it opens in a separate window that makes it seem as if Pocket is functioning as its own app.
There’s a pretty decent chance you’re not using any real Chrome apps at all, even if you use web apps all the time. When Google first announced all the way back in 2016 that it would end support for Chrome apps on Windows, macOS, and Linux, it said approximately one percent of users on those platforms were actively using packaged Chrome apps. That was nearly four years ago, and web developers have moved on. — Jay Peters/@verge