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PWAs are inching a step closer to feeling native on Chromebooks

PWAs are inching a step closer to feeling native on Chromebooks

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) have seen tremendous growth over the years thanks to the rapid adoption of modern web APIs. Combined with enhanced capabilities and improved reliability, PWAs are closer than ever to delivering app-like experiences on the web. Microsoft and Google improved upon this even further last year with app shortcuts, offering quick access to a handful of tasks for PWAs. The feature became available for Chrome and Edge last year, but it lacked support for Chrome OS. It looks like this is about to change.

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Chrome 91 Beta launches with prettier buttons, OTP autofill improvements, and battery-saving optimizations

Chrome 91 Beta launches with prettier buttons, OTP autofill improvements, and battery-saving optimizations

The latest beta of Chrome, version 91, has just hit the first few phones, and while you might not notice too many differences on the surface, there are quite some things going on if you know where to look. The most significant visual changes you'll see on Android are probably the redesigned website buttons and forms, like those you can see in the weekend polls of our own website. But there's more going on. Let's dive in.

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Telegram's ancient web app is probably getting close to retirement

Telegram's ancient web app is probably getting close to retirement

Telegram Web has always been a great fallback when you're not on your own computer or using a platform that doesn't properly supports any of the beautiful native apps the social network offers (looking at you, Chrome OS), but it's far from pretty. It looks dated compared to the other Telegram apps and doesn't offer newer features like stickers and voice calls. That's where two new Telegram web applications come in — they feel much more modern, come with tons of animations, and they support stickers.

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YouTube is now a PWA, making it easy to install on desktops

YouTube is now a PWA, making it easy to install on desktops

Many Google websites are already Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), which allows you to easily add them to your desktop or taskbar and use them in their own tab-less windows like native apps. Following YouTube Music and YouTube TV, the regular YouTube website is now also one of these PWAs, as 9to5Google spotted.

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Chrome PWAs will soon behave more like native apps on Windows

Chrome PWAs will soon behave more like native apps on Windows

Google has been a big proponent of progressive web apps for a while now, utilizing PWAs for everything from Google Chat's desktop application to getting Stadia running on Apple devices. Now a change is coming to Chrome for Windows that will let PWAs perform more like traditional Windows apps in one key area: the uninstall process.

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Some web apps from the Play Store can now run in Firefox Nightly

Some web apps from the Play Store can now run in Firefox Nightly

Google introduced a new way for developers to package web applications into Android apps last year, called Trusted Web Activities. The web apps run inside a modified Chrome Custom Tab, which meant that if your default browser wasn't Chrome (or based on Chrome), they would default to running in Google's browser. Firefox for Android has now added support for TWAs, so if Firefox is your default browser, the apps will run inside a Firefox container instead of Chrome.

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Chrome 84 removes Duet interface, tests bottom tab switcher, blocks some intrusive notifications, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 84 removes Duet interface, tests bottom tab switcher, blocks some intrusive notifications, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 84 entered beta just a few weeks ago, but it's already rolling out on the stable channel across all platforms. This is one of the most significant Chrome updates we've seen in a while, with a few removed features and new functionality for both regular people and developers. Let's dive right in!

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Microsoft's PWABuilder makes submitting web apps to the Play Store easier than ever

Microsoft's PWABuilder makes submitting web apps to the Play Store easier than ever

'Web wrappers,' or web applications haphazardly packaged into native apps for distribution on app stores, have existed on Android for over a decade. Google created a new method for converting web apps into native apps last year, with the introduction of Trusted Web Activities, and now Microsoft has updated its PWABuilder tool to take advantage of newer web features.

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YouTube Music gains the ability to start playback directly from album covers on the web

YouTube Music gains the ability to start playback directly from album covers on the web

YouTube Music may not have had the most auspicious beginnings, but the service is quickly adding features ahead of Google Play Music's impending shutdown. Earlier this month the Explore tab started rolling out on the web, then the Android app gained a new 'Related' tab, and just last week it added the ability to swipe between songs. Now YouTube Music on the web is gaining a small speed improvement to album playback.

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YouTube Music's new Explore tab starts rolling out on the web

YouTube Music's new Explore tab starts rolling out on the web

A couple of months ago, YouTube Music began rolling out a new Explore section to replace its useless and silly Hotlist tab. It was limited to the mobile app for a while, but it's now beginning to show up on the web and in the desktop Progressive Web App.

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