Microsoft Collaborates with Google to Bring More Progressive Web Applications to Play Store

According to Thurrott, Microsoft has joined hands with Google to bring more progressive web applications to Android smartphones via the Google Play Store. Judah Gabriel Himango of Microsoft confirmed the move in a post over on Medium. PWAs use emerging browser APIs (Application Programming Interface) and tools, along with progressive enhancement strategy, to bring application-like user experience to cross-platform web apps.

Google’s Bubblewrap and Microsoft’s PWABuilder are currently operating together to help web developers get their PWAs into the Google Play Store. Microsoft’s PWABuilder is an open-source developer tool that helps developers to create high-quality progressive web applications and publish them in application stores. While Google’s Bubblewrap is a command-line utility and library to create and sign Play Store packages from PWAs.

According to Microsoft, the expanded features will not need significantly extra effort to implement. Likely, it will take a while before you will see applications making use of the latest features. The new change could lead to more and improved applications reaching your smartphone. In a case like this, it is not interesting to see that Google and Microsoft are collaborating to bring more progressive web applications to Android devices through the Google Play Store.

The two tech giants announced two new features for progressive web application developers after months of working together. The new features are web shortcuts support, and advanced Android features and customization. Now, Microsoft’s PWABuilder supports the complete range of trusted web activity options that helps progressive web applications to work better on Android devices.

By using Microsoft’s PWABuilder, progressive web application developers can customize the appearance of the Android navigation bar as well as the status bar. Developers can also change the name of the launcher, use an existing signing key, configure package ID & versioning, utilize deeper push notification support, fallback behavior, and customize Android splash screen, by using Microsoft’s PWABuilder.


Judah Gabriel Himango of Microsoft stated that both the companies are working together to make the web a more capable application platform. He also revealed that Microsoft is working with Google on Project Fugu to incubate new web platform features, with progressive web applications front and center, toward the goal of standardization.

This gives app developers extra reasons to use Microsoft’s toolkit. Moreover, Google will get more app developers who create Android-friendly web applications instead of pointing users to generic applications inside a web browser.


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