Newest Chrome beta integrates web apps as near-native on Android

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Web apps that look and behave much like native mobile apps are coming to Android(s goog). Starting with version 31 of the Chrome beta for Android, web apps can appear full-screen without users seeing the traditional browser. They can also be installed directly to the Android home screen on a smartphone or tablet and will appear in Android’s task switching view, just like traditional Android software.

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The news was announced on Thursday on Google+ by Paul Kinlan, a Google Chrome Developer Advocate. According to the Google Developer support page, developers need to include this line in their web app to take advantage of the new functionality: <meta name=”mobile-web-app-capable” content=”yes”>

Technically, the function is called “Install to Homescreen,” but clearly it does much more than that. By treating the web apps as unique entities, they’re integrated into Android as any other mobile app for the platform. And that’s what brings…

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