Google replaces Android apps with PWAs on Chrome OS


Google has begun replacing Android applications on Chrome OS with Progressive Web Apps (PWA) versions, which are installable editions of Internet service pages with improvements and browser independence. The novelty promises to guarantee more storage space on devices and speed during use.

According to The Verge, Twitter was one of the first services to have its native application extinct on Chrome OS to adopt PWA. Google is also working to implement the new feature on YouTube TV. With the transition, the Play Store identifies when it’s running on Chromebooks and avoids downloading the native Android solution, making PWA the new standard for devices

PWAs can be installed like conventional apps, but they are lighter and open faster. According to The Verge, Google had difficulties in adapting certain Android applications to Chrome OS, which makes the arrival of the optimized versions an interesting novelty for users of Chromebooks that support the Play Store.

The PWA format brings the web version of the program more “vitaminized” and guarantees better usability, being useful mainly for social networks and services that depend on the internet, such as video streaming platforms. In addition to arriving in Chrome OS, the novelty can now be used in the Google Chrome browser.