Google to pull plug on Chrome Apps; death timeline announced

Google is pulling the Chrome apps for good. The company has announced that it will remove the support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

Chrome apps have been around since 2013. The company hinted in 2016 that it will end support for Chrome apps by early 2018. It later pushed the data indefinitely but still encouraged developers to develop apps for Chrome. Google created a way for developers to move their apps to the web in the form of progressive web apps (PWAs).

Chrome web store will stop accepting new apps from March 2020. Developers can update their existing apps until the end of June 2022. The company will end support for Chrome apps by June 2020. Customers using Chrome Enterprise and Education Upgrade can have access to a policy to extend the support until December 2020.

By June 2021, Google will end support for NaCI, PNaCI, and PPAPI APIs. The company will end support for Chrome apps for Chrome OS users in June 2021 and eventually, it will pull the plug for all users by June 2022. Google clarified that it will continue to support Chrome extensions. The Extensions are an important part of the robust Chrome ecosystem. Google further added that extensions are critical to Chrome’s mission.

Developers that have Chrome apps have multiple migration options to choose from. They can build a progressive web app (PWA), which can reach and support all platforms. They can even build an extension-enhanced web page, or build an extension for Chrome.