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Microsoft announced on July 10 that its open source PWABuilder tool for creating PWA apps, in conjunction with Google's Bubblewrap, makes it easy for developers to make PWAs compatible with Android and publish them in the Google Play Store.
Bubblewarrap is Google's command line utility that allows you to add the necessary signatures and other features to allow PWAs to be published in the Google Play Store. They made Bubblewrap available from inside PWABuilder in early 2020, and now they have new web shortcuts standard support and advanced customization for Android.
Web shortcuts allow you to perform a contextual list of common actions that appear when you press and hold an icon on the Android home screen, such as creating a new tweet or DM if you're in the Twitter app. The customization for Android will support the splash screen at launch and the custom appearance of the status bar and navigation bar.
Microsoft and Google are working together to make the web a more functional app platform. With the ability to easily create PWAs that can be published on the Play Store, it seems likely that we'll see more web apps for Android in the future.
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