YouTube Now Offers Progressive Web Application Installation Prompts / Digital Information World

The notable absence of a dedicated YouTube application for Windows is being fixed, the site is now accessible via a dedicated Progressive Web App (PWA).

This recent development, discreetly slipped into the omnibox of Google Chrome in the form of an installation prompt, was first noted by Yashpreet Singh. While it should be noted that the rollout of this feature is not technically recent, since people reported it a few months ago, but this time the sample population appears to be much larger. This very fact also holds true when aligned with a recent announcement from Google itself urging platform developers to develop offline capabilities for their respective PWAs, with the threat of download prompts in the omnibox being suspended until such changes are implemented. PWAs are becoming the hot new topic in the tech world, and Google apparently wants to stay on top.

All this PWA talk this and that, and we haven’t even taken the time to establish the PWA ‘What’. Allow this author to correct such errors. Essentially, a PWA is an app built from web technologies, such as HTML and JavaScript, but still works much the same as a mobile device app. Many developers have started to create PWA interfaces for their respective brands, with notable examples like Uber, Pinterest, The Washington Post, and even Starbucks. These are usually accessible in the form of a website visit using a browser such as Chrome or Microsoft Edge. When visiting, the browser’s omnibox will have a plus sign next to the URL. Clicking on it will bring up a pop-up text box, asking users if they want to install the app. And There you go ! They now have much of the same experience that a suitable mobile application can provide, and that works on multiple operating systems.

While this author doesn’t necessarily see the YouTube PWA overtaking its mobile app counterpart in terms of popularity, especially since the former doesn’t offer the same number of features as the latter so far, it’s still pretty nice to get a separate dedicated YouTube window on desktops. Especially considering how the platform has become a mainstay of all activities, whether they are casual in nature or even more subdued (i.e. lecture videos or tutorials). Either way, especially with Google’s PWA policies looming in the background, hopefully the YouTube desktop interface will only continue to improve and develop similar offline capabilities. to those of his mobile brothers.

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