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Google is replacing some Android apps in Chrome OS with web apps

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Google is changing some Android apps for Chromebooks with Progressive Net Apps (PWAs). A PWA is actually a webpage that appears and appears like a standard app.

This may definitely be excellent news for a lot of Chromebook house owners. In some instances, PWAs are quicker and extra purposeful than their Android counterparts. PWAs additionally take up much less storage and require much less juice to run.

It’s additionally no secret that some Android apps on Chrome OS are horrible. Google has struggled for years to optimize Android apps to work on tablet-sized screens. And whereas the viable choice has definitely improved because the Pixelbook days, there are nonetheless various packages infamous for not enjoying good. Despite the fact that PWAs have been obtainable for some time, it’s possible that some customers didn’t know the best way to get them or why they have been a greater different. Some customers additionally simply desire getting all of their apps with the identical course of. (I definitely do.)

The primary app we find out about to obtain this therapy was Twitter, which Chrome Unboxed noticed final week. Dominick Ng, tech lead on Google’s Chrome OS workforce, has since confirmed to Chrome Unboxed that YouTube TV is getting a PWA substitute as nicely.

Progressive Net Apps have been obtainable within the Play Retailer earlier than, however the distinction is that they’re now the default variations of Twitter and YouTube TV, respectively. In different phrases, whenever you seek for Twitter within the retailer and press “Set up,” Google acknowledges you’re on a Chromebook and begins putting in the PWA as a substitute of the Android construct.

From then on, the Twitter PWA will operate similar to the Twitter app did; you’ll see the icon in your app tray, you’ll be able to arrange push notifications, and also you’ll be capable to uninstall it from the Play Retailer as nicely.

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