Microsoft joins Google in building next-gen Progressive Web Apps
Microsoft and Google have teamed up to help web developers integrate their Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) into the Play Store.
Progressive Web Apps use emerging web browser APIs and features, along with a traditional progressive enhancement strategy, to bring a native app-like user experience to cross-platform web apps.
Microsoft’s PWABuilder and Google’s Bubblewrap are now working together to help web developers.
PWABuilder.com is Microsoft’s open-source developer tool for building high-quality PWAs and publishing them to app stores.
Bubblewrap is Google’s command-line utility and library for generating and signing Google Play Store packages from Progressive Web Apps.
PWABuilder now uses Bubblerwrap under the hood, according to Microsoft, and makes some PWA integration features on Android.
After months of collaboration, the two tech giants have announced two exciting new features for PWA developers: web shortcut support and advanced Android functionality and customization.
From PWABuilder, developers can customize the appearance of the Android status bar and navigation bar, customize the Android splash screen, change the launcher name, use an existing signing key, and more.
“We are working together to make the web a better app platform. In addition to the above, we are also collaborating with Google on Project Fugu to incubate new web platform features,” said Judah Gabriel Himango from Microsoft.
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