Android users have been able to add shortcuts for their favorite website to their device’s homescreen since 2015, but now these shortcuts are set to be integrated into the mobile operating system in a much deeper way than before, at least for websites setup to work as Progressive Web Apps — i.e. websites that use modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like user experience.
According to Google, starting with the latest Chrome beta, Progressive Web Apps will now appear in the app drawer section of the launcher and in Android Settings, and will be able to interact with other installed apps through intents — a way to deep link directly to a specific part of a web app. Moreover long presses on notifications for Progressive Web Apps will also reveal the normal Android notification management controls rather than the notification management controls for Chrome.
“This new Add to Home screen feature is one more step in our journey to empower developers to build the best possible experience for their users, we are committed to ensuring the same mechanisms for installing Progressive Web Apps are available to all browsers on Android,” reads a post on the Chromium blog.
- Preview the latest features: Try out the newest features. (Sometimes these may be a little rough around the edges.)
- Give early feedback: Let us know what you think and help make Chrome for Android a better browser.
You can install Chrome Beta alongside your current version of Chrome for Android. Chrome Beta will request additional permissions when using Chrome Sync for the first time.