Google Chrome plans to remove status bar from progressive web apps / Digital Information World

Google plans to hide the status bar in PWAs (aka Progressive Web Apps). We all know that tech companies like Google strive to improve and change their functionality from time to time. Previously, very recently, it changed one of its features that allowed Chrome PWAs to be uninstalled from Settings or Control Panel which was previously impossible. It is now announced that Google plans to hide its status bar in PWAs or not, but this development is under testing and no decision (i.e. to deploy it as a default option) has been made. still been taken.

In case you don’t know what a status bar is on PWAs. Do not worry! We’ve got you covered on this information. A link destination appears at the bottom in gray when you browse a web page in the web browser. The status bar is a horizontal box that is present at the bottom of your screen and indicates which program is running and which website is running before you click on the link. This is the purpose of the status bar and it is very important.

In order to see what this status bar area will look like, once removed, you just need to follow these steps.

First, you will need to launch your latest version of Chrome Canary web browser and visit chrome: // flags of the address bar. On the page visited search Desktop PWA Remove Status Bar, or if that sounds a bit harsh just paste this in the address bar chrome: // flags / # enable-desktop-pwas-remove-status-bar. Click on the blue box with the drop-down menu, the option set will be mainly “Default”, change it to “On”, then restart the Chrome Canary browser.

Open Chrome again and install any PWA, for example you can go to and install it from the address bar by clicking on the circled plus icon just next to Bookmark (star icon). Now after opening the PWA, you will not be able to notice the status bar anymore, either while loading or by hovering the mouse / pointer over the links.

What should be noted is that under the option “Desktop PWAs Remove Status Bar” there is a flag description notifying that “Hide pop-up status bar in Desktop PWA Windows, Mac, Windows application , Linux and Chrome OS ”affected by this change. This means that only the mentioned devices and operating systems have the option to activate the option to remove the status bar. Android and iOS will show the status bar unless Google also enables the option on it.

We can’t say if the public is happy with this change or not given that no public inquiry has been carried out yet, but we also don’t know if this change is here to stay as it is still under conditions. test. Whatever decision is made, we are sure it will be in line with public demand, as the Tech Giant keeps its user preferences high on its agenda.

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