Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are coming and you can full expect a slew of them by the time we reach the end of 2018. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Firefox have all committed to having support for PWAs, which are web sites that run like mobile apps on your phone or laptop. Now Google has upped their game with Chrome OS and PWAs.
In the Chrome OS Canary Channel, the pre-alpha channel for the platform, you can now install Progressive Web Apps natively so they run just like a Chrome app on your Chromebook. It is great news because it means that more-than-likely, by the end of summer, we will see PWA support natively in the Stable Channel.
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Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, are the next big trend in browsing tech. Designed to give an app-like experience on the web, PWAs are something that Google has been pushing hard as well as Apple and Microsoft. All three companies, as well as Firefox are all planning to roll out support for the technology this year but Google appears to have the jump.
With Chrome 64, you have the ability to change flags within the browser to enable Progress Web Apps. While technically not support – generally most flag settings are officially supported – it does work and you can give it a try to see what all the hubbub is about before it gets here in full swing later this year. In this How To, I’ll show you which flags to enable to try out a PWA experience.
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