We already knew that Google had large plans for its Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). These had been noticed in Chrome since previous this year, and extra of them are changing into to be had at all times. We’ve additionally lengthy since recognized that Google would drop Chrome internet apps from Linux, Mac and Windows.
What has additionally now been made obvious is that Google is making plans to replace Chrome Apps with PWAs on desktop programs. In a message Google not too long ago despatched to builders (by the use of Android Police), Google mentioned that it was once now operating to deliver Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was once targetting a release date of mid-2018. The corporate additionally mentioned:
In order to permit a extra seamless transition from Chrome Apps to the internet, Chrome will now not absolutely take away enhance for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux till after Desktop PWA installability turns into to be had in 2018. Timelines are nonetheless tough, however this will be a lot of months later than the at the beginning deliberate deprecation timeline of “early 2018.”
What’s extra, Google showed that its PWA’s wouldn’t be capable of be offering the total vary of features that Chrome Apps can, however mentioned it was once “investigating” tactics to make the transition more uncomplicated for builders whose apps are reliant at the pre-existing Chrome APIs.
Still, it’s a transfer that makes numerous sense. Google sees PWAs as the longer term, because of their awesome offline features, potency, and uniformity throughout platforms, however they’re functionally very similar to Chrome Apps, that are moderately unintuitive by means of comparability. For additional information on PWAs, you’ll be able to seek advice from the devoted Google builders web page right here.