by Tony Thomas
According to the Chromium Blog, Google will be phasing out Chrome apps (but not extensions) for the Chrome browser on all platforms except Chrome OS. This phase out will begin in late 2016 and will continue until early 2018. As only 1% of users reportedly use Chrome apps on Windows, MacOS and Linux, this move will allow Google to simplify the Chrome browser.
They are encouraging developers of Chrome packaged apps to migrate them the web. What this means is that there will less developers willing to develop for a platform with diminishing potential.
I really question the future viability of Chrome apps, even on Chrome OS, especially now that Android capability is beginning to roll out to Chrome OS devices. I think that it is just a matter of time before they are just a distant memory.
Official Announcement: http://blog.chromium.org/2016/08/from-chrome-apps-to-web.html