On a computer, the YouTube service can now be disconnected from the browser and installed as a Progressive Web App. This is an initiative that could benefit Huawei smartphones.
Google is a firm believer in web technologies and for this reason, the company is constantly expanding the possibilities of web applications that can sometimes supplant native software.
As 9to5Google reports, YouTube now behaves as a Progressive Web App. This means that by going to YouTube.com, a small icon now appears to the right of the address bar to download then ” installer This web application.
YouTube to PWA on your PC
The YouTube service will then find its place alongside other native software installed on Windows, macOS or Linux. And once opened, it will benefit from its own window. The user will be able to create shortcuts, for example on the desktop or in the Start menu, or even pin them to the taskbar on Windows. On macOS, the PWA can be launched directly from the Dock.
For Google, this is of course to highlight its subscriptions. YouTube Music and YouTube TV had previously been upgraded to Progressive Web App. In the past, Google had allowed to install Google Photos, but also Google Drive and Google Duo. The Google Stadia gaming platform is also available, as is Google Chat.
More than just shortcuts, these Progressive Web Webs are integrated directly into the system. By matching web standards to the programming interfaces of operating systems, these web applications can, for example, return native notifications or provide data access in offline mode.
It remains to be seen what Google will allow itself to do with the YouTube services installed on the PC. One could for example fear that the Californian firm is tempted to use the system notifications device to promote its subscriptions and therefore deploy advertising natively on the computer.
The advantages of Progressive Web Apps (especially for Huawei)
The Progressive Web App has many advantages. On the one hand, this allows Google to come directly to competitive systems and to overshadow the services of the latter not just within the browser but from the start of the computer.
In addition, the Progressive Web App being particularly rich in features, it can also meet certain needs. Thus, by publishing its Progressive Web App, Google is, for example, offering Huawei alternatives to its native applications following the embargo preventing the two companies from officially working together.
By installing the YouTube PWA on a Huawei smartphone, we would thus find an experience similar to the official application, even if it is not officially available on these devices.
Some publishers also publish Progressive Web Apps in order to circumvent the commission fees required for each transaction made within the Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Microsoft is also interested in PWAs. Like Huawei and its App Gallery, for the publisher it is a way to fill its Windows Store. Moreover, the PWA also makes it possible to offer a richer experience than a simple Web App for a publisher who does not necessarily wish to invest in native development on a platform, for example on Linux.