The Chrome app launcher, a tool that allows the user to launch Chrome apps, would be killed by Google for Windows, Mac, and Linux in July. However, the tool will be alive in Chrome OS.
Google initially started out experimenting by releasing the Chrome app launcher to its desktop browser in May 2013. Later, the tool was debuted on Windows in July 2013, and in OS X in December 2013. By July 2014, Linux got the Chrome app launcher.
So what made Google remove the Chrome App launcher from Chrome? Venture Beat notes that the search-engine giant has finally came to know what everyone already knew: “We’ve found that users on Windows, Mac, and Linux prefer to launch their apps from within Chrome.”
This might sound familiar to many of you, for it is very similar to what Google had said while announcing the plans to remove the notification center from Chrome. People were not using it: “In practice, few users visit the notification center,”notes Venture Beat.
Certainly, Google’s today’s announcement has referred to the elimination of the notification center which it cites to be “Chrome’s continued emphasis on simplicity and streamlining browser features.” Slowly, Google is going back to its past by removing the features that have made users feel Chrome as more than just a browser. To say that the functionality it introduced in Chrome had just made “bloated”, which is a term power users claim for software that gets overloaded with extra features.
It appears as though the company has realized that users don’t prefer a browser-operating system hybrid on top of their existing operating system.
However, it is worth noting that Chrome apps are not going away. Users can always launch an app by clicking on its shortcut on the bookmarks bar or by typing chrome://apps in the omnibox and selecting it.