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Google Play Store now open for PWA

Google Play Store now open for PWA
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Reading our blog you can become an expert on PWA, as we have a real progressive web apps guide for you! And now is another great possibility. From now, publishing your PWA in the Store – as well as from the browser – will be possible as Google Play Store now open for PWA.

Chrome 72 for Android shipped the long-awaited Trusted Web Activity feature, which means we can now distribute PWAs in the Google Play Store. The Play Store is not emulating the Microsoft Store: your PWA won’t be listed in the store if you don’t compile your own APK, and publish it.

Despite the new distribution mechanism and people finding your app within the store (and even in Google’s search under “Apps”), there are some things we may be able to do with a PWA in the Store, such as:

  • Offer a Home Screen Widget
  • Offer App Shortcuts (when you long press the app’s icon) and other deep integrations with the OS
  • Offer a wear OS companion app or Android Auto extension
  • Be re-installed after a hard reset or a backup restore on a new phone
  • Have background services accessing native features (communication with the PWA is still limited — more on this later)
  • Monetize the App — limited today, more on this later
  • Have some native screens mixed with PWA content
  • Distribute more than one PWA icon in the Launcher and/or home screen pointing to different URLs (within the same host)
  • Better internationalization support

Read more here.

We’d like to share with you the opinion, why your web project should be a PWA. And as always, you need to make a decision by yourself.

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