Chrome apps were scheduled for full deprecation but Google has delayed their sunset until next year, although practically no one uses them…
Google will let the very few Chrome apps users enjoy their functionality for a little bit longer than planned. The tech giant announced it is pushing back their end-of-life date until June of next year (which is about a year later than previously announced). Also, organizations can extend that out to June of 2022, giving them more time to transition away from the programs.
Google Chrome Apps Shutdown Delay Announced
Google launched Chrome apps back in December of 2010. Approximately six years later, in August of 2016, Google let it be known that it would start phasing out Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux by the end of that year. Then, finish the phase out sometime in early 2018. In January 2020, the company announced it would sunset them for all operating systems, with Chrome OS support to continue until June 2021.
The reason for ending Chrome apps is due to their very low adoption rate. Google previously disclosed in 2016 that “approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac, and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps.” So, not very many people even use them. But, for those who do, there’s more time to enjoy them.