Chrome OS will use PWA to replace some app applications, and Twitter has been the first to adjust

Time:2021-5-10

Chrome OS will use PWA to replace some app applications, and Twitter has been the first to adjust

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according to   The Verge   Recently, Chrome OS is trying to replace some Android applications of chromebook with progressive web apps (PWA). This is good news for many chrome Book users.


PWA is essentially a web page that looks and feels like a traditional application. In some cases, PWA is faster and more powerful than its Android counterparts. PWA takes up less storage space and requires less power to run.

Chrome OS will use PWA to replace some app applications, and Twitter has been the first to adjust

In addition, it’s no secret that some Android systems on Chrome OS have poor application experience. Google has been trying for years to optimize Android apps to run on tablet screens. Although improvements have indeed been made since the pixelbook era, some programs are still notorious for not playing well.

Even though PWA has been released for some time, it is likely that some users do not know how to get them or why they are better choices. Some users just like to use the same process to get all the programs.

According to the news, Twitter is currently the first app to enjoy PWA treatment. According to Dominick ng, technical director of Google’s Chrome OS team, the app application of YouTube TV will also be replaced by PWA.

In other words, when you search twitter in the app store and press “Install”, Google will automatically install PWA for you instead of app if it recognizes that you are using chromebook.


After the news was released, some netizens said: PWA is the future.

There is no need for developers to invest resources in Android, IOS and their website apps in the future. As long as the website is updated, it will be automatically updated on all platforms. Many of today’s apps (WhatsApp, instagram, Uber, most Google Apps) are updated every few days without obvious changes.

Some netizens think that the future is decided by users. We have made a choice between web applications and app stores before. People still prefer centralized app locations (app stores) to meet the needs of all their games and applications, rather than various disjointed experiences. And PWA in games, graphics and other aspects must not be as good as native applications, so PWA can not be the future.

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Chrome OS will use PWA to replace some app applications, and Twitter has been the first to adjust