Google Announces Updated Timeline For Ending Chrome Apps

Yolanda Curtis
January 16, 2020

Chrome OS users will continue to receive support for Chrome apps until June 2021. However, customers on Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will get a policy in place to extend support through December.

Google has also noted that it would continue to support and invest in Chrome Extensions on all the existing platforms.

The initiative to remove cookies is part of Google's effort to create a set of open standards for digital tracking it first announced last August, dubbed Privacy Sandbox.

A Chrome application is an online application that you can mount in Chrome that looks and also works sort of like an application you would certainly introduce from your desktop computer.

The company in 2016 targeted early 2018 to end support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux but then pushed back the date indefinitely while still encouraging developers to move the apps to the web in the form of progressive web apps, or PWAs.

However, now, the company appears ready to finish the incomplete task, which it says will see Chrome apps depart not only from Windows, Linux, and macOS but Chrome OS too.

Unsurprisingly, it is Chrome OS users that will enjoy support for longer, but over the course of the next couple of years Google will be "phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems".

June 2021: End assistance for NaCl, PNaCl, and also PPAPI APIs.

"Some browsers have reacted to these concerns by blocking third-party cookies, but we believe this has unintended consequences that can negatively impact both users and the web ecosystem", said Justin Schuh, director of Chrome Engineering in a company blog post.

One upon a time, the Chrome Web Store offered "packaged" applications (web apps that ran locally, sometimes with elevated permissions), "hosted" applications (web apps that were just links to websites), and regular browser extensions.

If you do make use of Chrome apps, they will certainly quit working rather on Windows, macOS, or Linux than they will certainly on Chrome OS.

Chrome apps are HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript-based web apps that can be installed via the Google Chrome browser for a user experience comparable to that of native applications.

December 2020: End support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

But over the past few years, marketers began moving away from using cookies to track user browser data and instead developed better methods of tracking people across the web.

Google has announced an aggressive plan to eliminate third party cookies from Chrome.

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