How to publish your PWA onto the Google Play Store

Thanks to the Trusted Web Activity feature in Chrome 72 on Android, the Google Play Store is now open for Progressive Web Apps.

Chrome 72 for Android is now shipping from the Play Store to all users and this version included Trusted Web Activity (TWA), that in a nutshell is a way to open Chrome in standalone mode (without any toolbar or Chrome UI) within the scope of our own native Android package.

The easiest way to get your PWA published onto the Google Play Store is to clone the example repository and adjust the manifestPlaceholders settings in app/build.gradle.

Additionally you’ll also need to set up Digital Assets Links in /.well-known/assetlinks.json which is hosted on the website also hosting the PWA.

UPDATE 2019-02-12: Thanks to PWA2APK you can now automatically generate a .apk for you to upload to the Play Store.

Google Play Store now open for Progressive Web Apps 😱 →
SVGOMG / Trusted Web Activity Example (GitHub) →
Google Digital Assets Links →

Google Chrome Packaged Apps

Packaged apps deliver an experience as capable as a native app, but as safe as a web page. Just like web apps, packaged apps are written in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. But packaged apps look and behave like native apps, and they have native-like capabilities that are much more powerful than those available to web apps.

The code behind the Google Drive Uploader (which is a packaged app) is explained in detail on the site

Google Chrome Packaged Apps →

Playstation Video Unlimited

This is the new PlayStation Video Unlimited service. This PlayStation app runs at a full 60 frames per second (when you see it on a PS3), has tons of 3D graphics effects, full-speed 1080p video playback, and a fluid, hardware accelerated, animated user experience. What you may not know is that this is a web app.

Totally loving the part where web applications are (will be) able to access/make use of the hardware (viz. gfx card, camera, gps, etc.) and/or certain datastores (viz. phone contacts) of a device … the gap between native and web apps is getting narrower.

The PlayStation Web App → (via )