New Chrome Update Seeks To Improve Web Apps
For the past couple of years, Google Chrome users on Android have been able to add links to the browser’s home page allowing them to quickly find their favorite sites without searching or using the bookmark folder. As convenient as the feature is, these links were, in fact, simply a more convenient bookmark folder. However, Google is seeking to change that with an upcoming update which will bring a new feature to Android’s Chrome app called Progressive Web Apps.
Progressive Web Apps:
One of the main things that make Progressive Web Apps different from the current system is that they are actually independent of Google Chrome. Once they have been installed they will work independently of your web browser and can even function when you do not have an internet connection. Instead, they will be added to the app draw section of the launch as Google explained in a recent blog post.
In short, what this means is, that once you install a Progressive Web App, you’ll be able to see it in the same location as your other apps such as the app folder or through an app search. These apps will also feature the option to enable push notifications to make it easier for you to keep up with your favorite sites.
If you’d like to test it out for yourself, you can download Chrome Canary, which is Google’s test version of Chrome. Currently, the selection of Progressive Web Apps is fairly limited, but, as time goes on, we’ll probably see more developers embracing the technology.
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