Cross-platform web apps arrive to your Android homescreen with new Chrome beta 31

Google has barely rolled out the last update of Chrome for Android, where it introduced gesture support, and now it has a new beta with some awesome new features.

The new mobile Chrome beta finally brings about putting web apps on your Android homescreen, or, as Google puts it: "Application shortcuts: Easily add any website shortcut to home screen via menu. Some websites will open in a full-screen, no browser UI experience". Apart from that development, the Chrome update will sport refreshed New Tab page that loads much faster, and also a Web Speech API.

Adding the webapp experience to Chrome for Android is huge, as developers can build cross platform app-like experiences that will appear as a homescreen icon just like regular applications, and be integrated in the task switcher as separate entities. 

When users tap on their icon, they will open as an app, without all the browser paraphernalia like address bar or bookmarking. This could be a fine way to circumvent app stores and their restrictions or requirements, as well as build one-app-fits-all projects, not having to port them for each mobile OS first. 

source: Google

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8 Comments

1. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Lol I have had this functionality since my first iPhone in 2007 hahaha

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But you never had any Homescreen... Hahaha...

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

which homescreen u talking about?

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

shame you can't default to a specific browser you like hahaaha

8. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You are talking about homescreen bookmarks... and this is not the same... Android has also had them since the beggining

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Seems like an integration between android and chrome...

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes the merger will result in good and nothing else.

7. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Facebook will be my first webapp on my nexus 7. Facebook app sucks on android.Google+ way better than that

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