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Google wants any website to be an application

Google has revealed new developments to web applications. These will be able to store files locally, keep our mobile awake or be compatible with the Android share menu. Three changes that bring the experience closer to native Android applications.

Chrome will enhance web applications at the native level

Web applications are of great importance to Google. After all, it is a company focused on everything that surrounds the Internet, especially the browser, as Chrome is the most popular today.

Today there are two operating systems that Google maintains, Android and Chrome OS, and one of Google's interests is turn web applications into a common language for both. Some of the most interesting news that browsers have received in recent years are being able to receive notifications like any application, or that a website can be added to the desktop and function as one more application. An example that applies these two functions very well is the Twitter website.

I have switched to Twitter Lite and I no longer intend to use another application

Web applications today are an interesting alternative to save space on our mobile, but they are still far from reaching a native application. Google plans a revolution for these applications with new features that Android applications already had:

  • Ability to store files: One of the reasons why web applications were so light was the inability to store files. With this new capability, we can have web applications that are capable of operating offline.
  • Share natively: Web applications will appear in the Android sharing menu as if they were one more application.
  • Alarms for events: Notifications of these applications will be more complete than we currently have.
  • Ability to wake up the device: Another tool that Android applications have that the web applications didn't have.

These features will not be exclusive to Chrome.

There are many capabilities that Google intends to implement in Chrome to improve web applications on Android. Perhaps these movements make you think about the latest sentences of the European Union against Google. Is Google still working to make Chrome a monopoly?

Google does not want to keep all these features exclusive to Chrome, which is why it has presented all these developments in the incubator of new projects of the organization that regulates the web standards, the W3.