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New Chrome beta feature looks to make web apps as powerful as native ones

Michael Simon | Feb. 6, 2017
Progressive Web Apps in Chrome give users the advantages of a native app but without needing to visit the Play Store to download anything

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Once you add it to your app drawer, the Progressive Web App (right) is indistinguishable from a native app.

This could be the future of mobile: Apps on Android are changing. A couple weeks ago, Google began testing its new Instant Apps that let users interact with aps without needing to download them in the Play Store, but Progressive Web Apps takes that concept one step further. Not only do they eliminate the Play Store middleman altogether, they let developers build powerful apps right in Chrome and deliver them quickly without the hassle of downloads and updates, or concern about compatibility. Native apps have served us well (and likely will for years to comes), but Google is already thinking beyond the present implementation of apps to a future where everything is instant and connected.


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