Microsoft and Google want to improve the quality of Progressive Web Apps on Android. An alliance that is not a coincidence: the Surface Duo is approaching at Microsoft.
Microsoft is actively preparing for the arrival of its dual-screen smartphone, the Surface Duo. To do this, it has just announced a partnership with Google to offer more Progressive Web Apps (PWA) in the Google Play Store.
The PWA apps, which Microsoft is also pushing forward on its Store, are schematically repackaged web page sets to present themselves as classic applications. Above all, they are a good way for the Redmond giant to strengthen its mobile presence and ensure that its future smartphone, which will run Android, has access to all the necessary tools.
It is an article posted by Judah Gabriel Himango, one of the leaders of the Progressive Web Apps development project for Microsoft, which announces that the development tools of the two giants are now working together.
Microsoft wants apps, shaped with its PWABuilder programming tool, to become more flexible and functional, while being more readily available on the Play Store. Two words that fit like gloves to the next Surface Duo.
Among the improvements mentioned by Judah Gabriel Himango is more advanced customization of the appearance of app menus or better-implemented notification systems. But it is above all the implementation of web shortcuts to directly achieve an essential function of a program from the home screen of Android that is highlighted.
Some apps may be "ready" for the surface duo launch. The majority, on the other hand, would only arrive later. And this, even if according to Microsoft, making the changes or adding the new features created for Progressive Web Apps would not be complicated.
In addition to the short- and medium-term benefits for Android and Microsoft, this merger could also facilitate the use of new standardized features in PWAAs. Microsoft also says it is working hand-in-hand with Google on its Fugu project, which aims to reduce the functionality gap between traditional and web apps.
Source : PWABuilder - Thurott