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Chrome OS shifting to Progressive Web Apps in place of certain Android apps

Chrome OS is going back to its web app roots with progressive web applications. (Source: Google)
Chrome OS is going back to its web app roots with progressive web applications. (Source: Google)
Google is making certain apps available as progressive web applications available as the preferred option via the Play Store for Chrome OS. The development is seen as a win for open platforms and from a user experience perspective where some Android apps don't stack up on a larger display.
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Support for Android apps on Chrome OS has had its undoubted upsides but it also has some downsides. This is particularly the case for Android apps that don’t translate their functionality across to larger displays, much like the issues faced with running certain smartphone apps on Android tablets. Google’s new progressive web applications (PWA) project looks set to address some of these shortcomings.

As spotted by Chromeunboxed, Google has started offering PWAs for certain apps Android apps that are popular, but don’t deliver an optimal user experience. The first app was Twitter for Android. If you’ve used the Android version of Twitter and used the web-based version, the experience is almost identical making the Android app redundant, particularly on a Chrome OS device that is designed to be web-first.

The latest PWA app to be offered as an alternative to its Android app equivalent is Google’s own YouTube TV. The key advantage of having apps delivered by the web is that with a modern browser that can run on any device, users are getting a truly universal app experience the effectively the same level, or better functionality than a native equivalent. Clearly, this isn’t going to be possible with all types of apps, but where possible, it makes sense from a development and open user experience perspective.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-14 (Update: 2020-04-14)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.