New drive from Google to bring Web applications Android phones and promises a lot.
We all carry dozens of applications installed on our smartphone, from messenger apps to communicate with our own, to games through all kinds of utilities to be informed, retouch photos or any other task that today allow us to do modern mobiles.
Stores like Google Play or App Store record hundreds of millions of downloads each year, but there are more ways to interact with services beyond native applications. Google in the past showed Google I / O its idea of Instant AppsIn other words, use applications that we don’t even have installed.
Web-based applications, which behave like natives
This idea is still in development, but at the same time they will also promote calls Progressive Web Apps, web applications (webapps) that behave like native applications, but actually originate from the browser.
When we use a browser like Chrome or another, we have an option to add a page to the desktop of the phone (or the computer, if we are on the PC). In this way, a direct access to said website is created on the desktop. That same idea is followed by the Progressive Web Apps and the process to add them to the desktop is the same: press Chrome options and select Add shortcut.
What is really interesting in this case is that by creating a direct access to a website, we do it towards a webapp and taking advantage of the new function that arrives right now in Chrome Beta that webapp will behave exactly the same as a native application downloaded from Google Play.
That is, it will open as a separate application, will have its custom controls, will be able to show system notifications and even be able to run in the background and keep the connection when we don’t have it open to receive updates.
Utility? For example, imagine having a Facebook WebApp based on your website, instead of having to install the heavy and poorly optimized native application.If you want to try them before anyone else, be very careful with Chrome Beta in the next few weeks and if you are a developer and would like to know How the implementation works, Google has a lot of documentation about it.