Chrome Apps will be discontinued starting now, fully by June of 2022

Written 5 months ago by IanDorfman

Dedicated applications powered by the engine behind the popular Google Chrome web browser are being phased out, with support them being discontinued fully by the end of June 2022.

Details about Chrome Apps being discontinued comes via an official blog post by Chrome Platform Team Technical Director Anthony Laforge. Laforge cites the progress in modern web technologies, such as Small HTML iconHTML 5, have made it so that platform agnostic web apps can deliver in an open way the experiences that the Chrome development team believed weren't possible when Chrome Apps launched in 2013.

The post provided the following timeline for phasing out Chrome Apps:
• March 2020: Chrome Web Store will stop accepting new Chrome Apps. Developers will be able to update existing Chrome Apps through June 2022.
• June 2020: End support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Customers who have Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support through December 2020.
• December 2020: End support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
• June 2021: End support for NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI APIs.
• June 2021: End support for Chrome Apps on Chrome OS. Customers who have Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support through June 2022.
• June 2022: End support for Chrome Apps on Chrome OS for all customers.

In order to help facilitate the migration of Chrome Apps to alternative platforms, such as Progressive Web Apps, a web page powered by modern web tech, or a Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome extension, Google has launched a dedicated migration page for Chrome App developers.

Further coverage:
Chromium Blog
9to5Google
The Verge