Progressive Web Apps


Progressive Web Apps use modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like user experience. They evolve from pages in browser tabs to immersive, top-level apps, maintaining the web’s low friction at every moment.

Fast loading, Push Notifications, Icon on the home screen, Full screen experiences, … the web truly has most of the things you need to build an app like experience.

Lately there’s been a lot of fuss however, due to Chrome not showing the “Add to home screen” banner for Progressive Web Apps that don’t hide the address bar (viz. display being set to standalone or fullscreen). URLs are a basic building block of the web, hiding them should be a choice of the developer, not a mandatory prerequisite. Be sure to read Jeremy’s notes on them.

Remy Sharp also has a writeup, State of the Gap, in which he goes from Phonegap to PWAs:

I strongly believe in the concepts behind progressive web apps and even though native hacks (Flash, PhoneGap, etc) will always be ahead, the web, always gets there. Now, today, is an incredibly exciting time to be build on the web

Getting started with Progressive Web Apps →
Google Developers: Your First Progressive Web App →

Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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  1. I don’t understand the fuss about hiding the URL bar. 99% of the use cases is better not to show the bar and have more screen space available. We launched our website and it works exactly like our native app. That is the magic of PWA!

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