Chrome Apps Phasing Out on Windows, MacOS, Linux; Android 7.0 Nougat Likely Coming Aug 22!

Google removing support for packaged and hosted Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux over next two years citing 1% usage. Android N 7.0 Nougat likely releasing Aug 22, 2016.

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Three years back, Chrome apps, were launched to make the web more open, interoperable as it couldn't provide working offline, connecting to hardware and sending notifications etc..

Today, Google has said that it will soo ending support for Chrome apps on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Since then, powerful new APIs to build robust Progressive Web Apps that work across multiple browsers have been developed—including "service worker" and "web push".

According to the company, today, approximately 1% of users make use of Chrome packaged apps, and "most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps."

So, the decision to phase out is taken. However, all types of Chrome apps (packaged and hosted) will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future, Google said.

Additionally the company notes, new enhancements and capabilities to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks.

For developers, Google advises them to migrate their Chrome apps to the web.

"Developers who can't fully move their apps to the web can help us prioritize new APIs to fill the gaps left by Chrome apps," the company said adding, in the short term, "they can also consider using a Chrome extension or platforms such as Electron or NW.js."

The compamy also noted developers however can continue to build Chrome apps (or Android apps) for Chrome OS.

Below is Google's phaseout roadmap:

  • Starting in late 2016, newly-published Chrome apps will only be available to users on Chrome OS.
  • Existing Chrome apps will remain accessible on all platforms, and developers can continue to update them.
  • In the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but will continue to surface extensions and themes.
  • In early 2018, users on these platforms will no longer be able to load Chrome apps, the company noted.

Science Journal app version 1.1 released on the Google Play Store, alongside the core source for the app.

By open sourcing, "we'll be able to improve the app faster and also to provide the community with an example of a modern Android app built with Material Design principles," the team stated.

For those not aware, "Science Journal is an app that turns your Android phone into a mobile science tool, allowing you to use the sensors in your phone to explore the world around you."

"One important feature in Science Journal is the ability to connect to external devices over Bluetooth LE," the team google explained.

Adding they said, "We have open source firmware which runs on several Arduino microcontrollers already."

In the near future, alternate ways to get your sensor data into Science Journal would be offered.

Check out the source code at GitHub.

Back in July, Google made the the fifth and final Developer Preview of upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat.

Since, no other update or informaiton of release was available, but, today, according to some details on Canadian carrier Telus revealing the target launch date for the new mobile operating system "Android N Update" as of August 22.

Wheather you dimiss it, but the worth to note is, Telus had previously accurately revealed the launch date for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Android N 7.0 Nougat Launching August 22, 2016

Update 08/21:

Google has already removed integration of Google+ from various apps such as Hangouts, Photos and Stream, Google Play Games as well as YouTube.

Even a further, the company is de-integrating + profile requirement for Play Store reviews.

So, the users can now post reviews with just their Google account details. This will likely disable app suggestions and promoted reviews from Google+ contacts on the Play Store, in the future.