App gap: New PWAs will not work on Windows 10 Mobile

App gap: New PWAs will not work on Windows 10 Mobile

For those who were hoping the move towards progressive web apps would make Windows 10 Mobile rise from the grave, this may come as bad news. The new PWAs hitting the Microsoft Store will not be fully functional in Edge mobile. It is reported that while some apps launch but are missing functionality; some do not work at all. A major feature that seems to be missing from all PWAs on Mobile deals with notifications. On Windows Mobile, the apps are unable to display any sort of notification in the notification center. This is obviously a key feature of any app and seriously cripples the functionality for users. A conversation on Twitter essentially says that those features are not enabled and most likely will not be in the future. It would seem that a lot of that functionality comes from the developer of the app, and our guess is that most developers will not put time into a dead OS. 

So, what are PWAs and what can use them?

Some of you may be wondering what a PWA is? Without getting into too much detail, a PWA is a website that acts like a regular app. They can send notifications, runs games and access different parts of your device such as the camera. Google developed the PWA and Microsoft has started releasing PWAs to the Microsoft store. Besides desktop browsers, both Android and IOS can use PWA's. The major selling point behind the PWA is that a developer can create one app that works across many platforms. Many companies are already putting out their own progressive web apps so you are sure to come across them in the coming weeks and months. 



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2366; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Isn’t this essentially what Firefox OS was based on? That OS just ran HTTP5 apps.

9. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

PGA can make wm10 alive somehow if msft change its plans and keep 2 mobile os one on surface phone with a windows core os or polaris os or andromeda n one with a msft windows10mobile with all variety of apps since its app cross platform.

12. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

PWA is just new way for advertising same $hits. Good that will not work on wp 10. It is already dead.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Journalism requires a modicum of research and this is sadly lacking. Notifications are not working because Service Workers are not implemented for Edge Mobile. Hell, some of the features aren't even working for those on Redstone 4 for PC. This was a soft launch and Microsoft has a history of releasing unfinished apps for Insiders. That's the point of this whole exercise - it's for those on the Insider Program to use and submit feedback. Android Betas and iOS Betas don't get this same level of crap treatment from PA and that's not journalism. Phone Arena should hang a banner on their website and declare it a blog.

6. matthew.m unregistered

Crispin - I appreciate your post. I am a huge fan of Windows 10 Mobile and was very sad to see it go. I still keep a device around. I wanted to point out that yes it does not work because push and service workers do not work. An Edge dev pointed out that these features will not work on W10M devices. As far as insiders go for W10M, the insider program is dead. There is a link in the article to another story detailing this. Developers can choose whether to implement their PWAs to Mobile, but certain features will not work such as those listed above.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Thank you for your reply but the Insider Program I was referring to was for PC. There won't be a Redstone 4 for Mobile so it's a moot point unless Edge itself is reworked. Remember, there's no such thing as Edge Mobile or even W10M, it's all Windows 10 running Win32 apps with features turned off in Mobile. As for the PWAs, Microsoft will update the Store automagically as they see fit. They're basically telling devs "Hey, we're not waiting on you any longer."

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

No matter how hard you try to use Windows 10 mobile it's a dead horse. No point of reviving it without at least minimal support from Microsoft.

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