Latest Chrome Beta for Android Turns Sites into Apps
Google today made available a new beta version of its Chrome browser for the Android platform that pushes the boundary between web sites and native applications. Chrome now lets Android devices save oft-visited web sites as home screen shortcuts. When opened, these new web shortcuts will immediately load a fullscreen Chrome for Android window with no tabs, buttons, menus, or the Omnibox. Such sites will appear as separate apps in the app switcher. In order for this to work, however, sites need to add the "mobile-web-app-capable" meta tag. Instructions on how to add this feature to web sites are available from Google's Chromium developer channel. This feature will be rolling out to beta users in Android, Windows, and Chrome OS in the coming days. A Mac version will be included in a future release. Google is also testing a new way to treat open tabs when users are viewing the Omnibox site. Beta testers will be able to see this new treatment in action.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.
Chrome Gains 'Scroll Anchoring' To Keep Web Sites In Place
Google hopes the latest addition to its Chrome browser will make reading web sites less frustrating. The tool, called scroll anchoring, will prevent web sites from bouncing users up and down the screen.
Google Chrome for Android Becomes More Efficient
Google today updated its Chrome browser for Android devices with new tools to help reduce data usage, download pages for offline use, and discover more personalized content. To start, Data Saver has expanded to video.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
Still not in my Play Store
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