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Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section
and some hacker news comments.
here the intro
More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we've come to that point today. Google has shut down the "app" section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can't install Chrome Apps anymore. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018.
and the reason come right after
As Google explained in its blog post last year, Chrome apps are being killed because no one uses them.
humm where did I heard something similar ... ah yeah about the same reason why Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile eg. because "volume of users is too low for most companies to invest".
And if you read a bit of that last year blog post from Chromium team, you read at the start
We have always believed in making the open, interoperable web as strong as possible. For a while there were certain experiences the web couldn’t provide, such as working offline, sending notifications, and connecting to hardware. We launched Chrome apps three years ago to bridge this gap.
Which is where I have a different opinion.
I don't think those kind of gaps are best filled by web apps, but by native apps.
Because web apps will always fight against user security to access such things as hardware,
that's it, you can not have ubiquity on the web (eg. "run everywhere there is a browser"),
and at the same time, let those web apps access system level stuff that could compromise your machine,
it is just not compatible.
A native app, historically called an executable, need to be user installed, need to be vendor signed and operating system verified before being installed and run, and is by default allowed to execute stuff, or work within the limitation of permissions on mobile.
Simply put, it is understood that a native app could format your hard drive, and nobody want a web app to be able to do that.