In this week's roundup, Chrome is adding an install option for Progressive Web Apps, Opera GX comes to Windows, the ECMAScript proposals get an update, and CSS Scroll Snap is coming to a Firefox browser near you.
PWA (Progressive Web Apps) have been with us for some time now. Yet, each time I try explaining it to clients, the same question pops up: "Will my users be able to install the app using app stores?" The answer has traditionally been no, but this changed with Chrome 72 which shipped a new feature called TWA (Trusted Web Activities).
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Trusted Web Activities are a new way to integrate your web-app content such as your PWA with yourAndroid app
Andy Bell wrote up his thoughts about the whole web versus native app debate which I think is super interesting. It was hard to make it through the post because I was nodding so aggressively as I read:
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The whole idea of competing with native apps seems pretty daft to me, too. The web gives us so much for free that app developers could only dream of, like URLs and the ability to publish to the entire world for free,
Sometimes the seesaw of web tech is fascinating. Service workers have arrived, and beyond offline networking (read Jeremy's book) which is possibly their best feature, they can enable push notifications via the Push API.
I totally get the push (pun intended) to make that happen. There is an omnipresent sentiment that we want the web to win, as there should be in this industry. Losing on the web means losing to native apps on all the … Read article