Tuesday, June 25, 2024

YouTube can now be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA)

For easy access, YouTube site can now be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA). PWAs are web pages that can act like applications on your computer, in oversimplified words. For YouTube Music and YouTube TV, PWA support was earlier introduced. Over the past few days, the support has been integrated into the main YouTube platform. Recently, Google revealed it was adding Stadia to iOS as a PWA. Back in 2018, Google Photos was made available as a PWA. Twitter launched its PWA in 2018 as well.

PWAs use modern Web capabilities to provide a user experience that is close to using an app, as Google Developers have clarified. Pages can offer immersive, high-level apps in browser tabs.

Users are prompted to ‘Install app’ notes 9to5Google with a plus icon in the omnibox, n Chrome. This is different from the option ‘Setup’ in Google Chrome’s overflow menu, which has been around for a while now.

The users get a big red play logo in the app launcher after the PWA is installed to open YouTube in a window that does not have the address bar among other elements of the user interface. The shelf pinning function provides users with immediate access to what’s being played.

Google revealed in November 2020 that its Stadia cloud gaming service will eventually arrive as a PWA on iOS. Google Images was made available as a PWA in 2018. In 2018, Twitter also launched its PWA for mobile and desktop devices in the Microsoft Store.

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