NEW DELHI: Tech giant Microsoft has partnered with Google in order to help web developers get their Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) into the Play Store. As reported by Thurrot, the apps created using Microsoft’s PWABuilder tool will now use Google’s Bubblewrap utility and library to generate and sign Google Play Store packages from PWAs.
Judah Gabriel Himango from Microsoft said, “We’re glad to announce a new collaboration between Microsoft and Google for the benefit of the web developer community. Microsoft’s PWABuilder and Google’s Bubblewrap are now working together to help developers publish PWAs in the Google Play Store.”
The PWAs use emerging web browser APIs and features along with traditional progressive enhancement strategy. The PWABuilder.com is Microsoft’s open-source developer tool that helps build high-quality PWAs and publish them in app stores.
The report further adds that both companies have made interesting progress in integrating the tools. Himango further adds, “PWABuilder utilizes Bubblewrap “under the hood,” as Himango puts it, allowing developers to package PWAs for the Play Store with PWABuilder that support the new web shortcuts standard.”
The PWABuilder offer supports for a complete range of full trusted web activity options which further help PWAs work better on Android. The developers can now customise the appearance of the Android status bar and navigation bar in PWAs using the PWABuilder.
“Google and Microsoft are working together to make the web a more capable app platform. We’re also collaborating with Google on Project Fugu to incubate new web platform features, with PWAs front and center, toward the goal of standardization so everyone benefits,” concludes Himango.