Chrome 76 to Include New PWA Install Experience

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome with 10 Comments

The next major version of Google Chrome will display an install button when a Progressive Web App (PWA) is available. The firm expects this change to drive further adoption of this web-based app platform.

“In Chrome 76, we’re making it easier for users to install Progressive Web Apps on the desktop by adding an install button to the address bar (omnibox),” Google’s Pete LePage explains. “If a site meets the Progressive Web App installability criteria, Chrome will automatically show an install icon in the address bar. Clicking the button prompts the user to install the PWA.”

Today, Chrome indicates the availability of a PWA subtly or not at all, depending on the site, so this is a welcome change.

The first beta of Chrome 76 is due in mid-June 2019, so any day now. And then the new browser version will ship to everyone at the end of July. I also expect the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge to pick up this functionality as well.

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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Chrome 76 to Include New PWA Install Experience”

  1. Pbike908

    I keep awaiting the "day of the PWA"....At this point, to me, it seems like the "day of the PWA" will occur at about the same time as the "day of Linux desktop"...

    Nonetheless, I am more intrigued about the "day of the PDA" than I am about the future of Linux desktop.

  2. bart

    This is a welcome change and should help drive the discoverability of PWA's

  3. Stooks

    Just another thing to click on to get out of your way on a websites. Fantastic!

  4. skane2600

    So PWA installation as save bookmark to desktop. OK, not exactly.

  5. eli berg

    "I also expect the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge to pick up this functionality as well."

    It actually has it already for a few weeks

  6. saint4eva

    Dear writer,

    The Microsoft chromium-based Edge already has it.

  7. christian.hvid

    This is nice, but what would be even nicer is a discreet button in the omnibox that lights up to show that you can subscribe to notifications from this site, instead of having this option thrown in your face as soon as you enter the home page. Oh, and while you're at it, perhaps another button that lights up to remind you there's cookie/GDPR/other legal information available? Prompts are evil, and if they can be replaced by passive buttons, then so much the better.

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