Microsoft and Google are working together to help developers publish PWAs more seamlessly in the search giant's mobile app store. To do this, the pair honed Microsoft's PWABuilder tool and Google's Bubblewrap solution.
PWABuilder is an open source tool that Microsoft promises to easily create high-quality, progressive Web pages that can then be published in various application stores. Bubblewrap is a development by Google that covers a command line tool and its associated library that can be used to generate Google Play Store packages from PWAs, along with their associated signatures.
Earlier this year, the two companies began aligning their devices, with the result that PWABuilder's Play Store applications now support the new Web Shortcuts standard, which allows you to create shortcuts to individual PWA features.
In addition, PWA developers will have access to a range of Android features, from customizing the appearance of status and navigation bars to supporting deeper push notifications to existing signing keys, which can be used after “packaging” with Bubblewrapp. and apps can even take advantage of the full screen, obscuring the bottom and top bars. The updated PWABuilder and Bubblewrap are now being tested, and Google and Microsoft are also planning further innovations in the future, under the banner of Project Fugu.
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