Google allows publishers of Progressive Web Apps (PWA) to easily install their applications on the smartphones of users who want them.
The ecosystem of Android applications is one of the largest in the world. However, Google does not seem ready to be satisfied with this. As the Chrome Developers account indicated on Twitter, Google will now allow the installation, on Android, of Progressive Web Apps, the famous PWAs.
PWAs are actually applications available directly on a web browser, hence their name. It can just as well be a browser game as a site with a particularly detailed and elaborate interface.
Starting today on Android, some users will get a richer PWA installation dialog on Twitter.
– Want the same for your PWA?
– Easy. Add the `description` and `screenshots` member to your manifest and you’re done.
— Chrome Developers (@ChromiumDev) March 29, 2021
However, Google has decided to go even further in order to highlight certain PWAs, including Twitter. “From today on Android, some users will have a richer installation window of the PWA on Twitter”, tweeted the Chrome Developers account on Monday. Google also invites PWA developers to make their web applications compatible with this installation.
A simpler interface for users to understand
Concretely, this new feature, from the Chrome browser, will allow visitors to a website to easily install a shortcut on their Android smartphone. The applications can then very easily get mixed up with classic Android applications and can be launched directly from the home screen, without going through the Chrome browser.
If it was already possible to install PWAs on an Android smartphone or tablet, the real novelty however comes from the window that will now be displayed by web applications. This particularly resembles the installation pages of applications from the Google Play Store. This will facilitate the understanding of users and reassure them of potential risks. For now, only Twitter seems to be affected, but explanations from Chrome Developers suggest that any PWA will be able to benefit from it in the future.