What these applications are? (Kindle Reader, Google Maps)

I don’t understand what are these applications: Kindle Cloud Reader, Google Maps, Google Drive, etc.
Where they come from? Where are they installed? Are they applications? Why are they listed?

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I know everything except “why”. :slight_smile:

These are websites wrapped with the GNOME Web browser to look like local applications. I actually use the Kindle one all the time — it like the distraction-free approach of separating it from my Firefox session.

:thinking: I ask these things because it appears that these wrappers are “installed” by default. But they don’t appear in the application list. There is no way to “uninstall” them (it is not a problem if they appear as installed btw). Just wondering which packages provide them. And “where” I can find them :sweat_smile:

In GNOME, hit the Super/overview key (“Windows”) and type “kindle” or “maps” and hit enter.

Yes, this is exactly the point because I opened this topic: nothing called kindle (or google maps) appears.
Maybe it is supposed to work on Fedora Workstation, but on Fedora Silverblue there is a lack of some component?

ah, maybe so! what happens if you install the GNOME Web flatpak?

I installed GNOME Web, but I can’t still find these “applications”.
However in a Fedora Workstation installation, I’m unable to find them even in GNOME Software :thinking:

I’m running GNOME Web as flatpak (installed from flathub) and I can’t find any Kindle or Google web app in gnome-shell. But I see them in GNOME Software, which removed web app support one year ago.

The question is: where is it picking them from? The source seems rpm-ostree…


I’m in a hurry, but maybe this helps?

$ grep -i google /usr/share/app-info/xmls/webapps.xml 
    <name>Google Drive</name>
        Google Drive allows you to upload photos, videos, documents, and other
        files that are important to you to Google Drive.
        You can organize, edit and share it from any computer at drive.google.com,
        To use Google Drive you need to be over the age of 13.
    <icon type="remote">http://www.google.com/images/icons/product/drive-64.png</icon>
    <url type="homepage">http://drive.google.com/</url>
    <name>Google Maps</name>
        Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time, but rather
        To use Google Maps you need to be over the age of 13.
    <icon type="remote">https://developers.google.com/maps/web/images/embed-places-icon.png</icon>
    <url type="homepage">https://www.google.com/maps</url>
    <name>Google Talk</name>
    <url type="homepage">https://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/hangoutplugin</url>

$ grep -i kindle /usr/share/app-info/xmls/webapps.xml 
    <name>Kindle Cloud Reader</name>
        Buy Once, Read Everywhere: You don't need to own a Kindle device to
        enjoy Kindle books.
        Read thousands of free books with a Kindle app, including popular
        To use the Kindle Cloud reader you must have Amazon.com account.
    <icon type="remote">http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kindle/www/ariel/kindle-icon-kcp120._SL90_.png</icon>

I checked appstream-data open issues and found this 4 year old issue:

Please read it carefully. It’s a pity nobody replied to the concerns raised by the bug reporter.

IIUC the epiphany*.desktop files used to be made available by some package but this not the case anymore. Should we remove them from this file?

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