Google is adding a new feature to Chrome beta that integrates progressive web apps deeply into Android. The update allows app-like websites, such as Alibaba, AliExpress, 5miles and Flipkart Lite to be accessed on Android devices like installed native apps.
The “Add to Home screen” option in Chrome allows users to place progressive web apps on the home screen and app drawer of their devices. In the improved version of the feature which is coming to Chrome beta, web apps become ‘first-class citizens of Android’ and not just shortcut icons.
With this new version, once a user adds a Progressive Web App to their Home screen, Chrome will integrate it into Android in a much deeper way than before. For example, Progressive Web Apps will now appear in the app drawer section of the launcher and in Android Settings, and will be able to receive incoming intents from other apps. Long presses on their notifications will also reveal the normal Android notification management controls rather than the notification management controls for Chrome.
The new update is now available in Chrome Canary and will be rolling out to the latest version Chrome beta in the next few weeks. The improvement is part of Google’s goal to help developers offer ‘the best possible experience for their users.’
Many companies are now using progressive web apps to grow their business and more are expected to adopt this new strategy considering the advantages. Progressive web apps have the combined power of the web and mobile apps. PWAs can be accessed on the web even without an internet connection which is advantageous both to the users and developers.
Additional information about progressive web apps can be read here.
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