- Users can install YouTube PWA from Omnibox in Chrome browsers.
- PWA stands for Progressive Web Apps and provides device-based features.
- The YouTube PWA looks and acts similar to the website.
There are a handful of Google services accessible as Progressive Mobile Apps today. The main YouTube platform can now be configured as a PWA for easy dedicated access after music and TV. Progressive Web App support for YouTube.com was added over the past few days. The telltale plus-in-a-circle icon appears directly in the Omnibox in Chrome and prompts users to launch the app. This differs from the “Install” option of the browser’s manual overflow menu. Although, it has been available for quite a while now.
What are Progressive Web Apps (PWA)?
In addition to providing in-browser features such as push notifications, PWAs can provide device-based features. They can be installed to launch from the Start menu on Windows, downloading content for offline viewing, and running without a web connection. Besides, PWAs offer in-browser features such as push notifications. They have been made possible by the ongoing creation of web technologies that have already made it possible to build so-called ‘web apps.’ Also, the PWAs are installed directly from the browser, hence visiting an app store is not required.
For certain Chrome users, the PWA install icon will be a circle with a plus inside, which is now shown in the Google Chrome Omnibar. Users are given the option to install YouTube as a PWA by clicking it. After the app is installed, the newly installed YouTube PWA is automatically opened in a separate window.
What to Expect From YouTube PWA?
The first thing about the YouTube PWA to remember is that the app looks, sounds, and acts very much like the website. They look the same as the web technology used to create it is similar. It’s easier to use, because any time a connection is clicked, it just has to load content rather than the full page architecture. Also, it has more space because it doesn’t have to view a web browser’s address bar and menu bar. When using the app on the screen, it appears in the taskbar and can be pinned like every other app.
If a user wishes to uninstall the program, the time commitment is small and the same applies. There’s also the advantage of the speed and it can be good for those who use YouTube a lot to be able to launch it from the desktop and do so in their own browser (rather than having to search for tabs). It can seem needless and also vague to the average consumer as to just how tangible the advantages are. That’s partly an indication of PWAs not being marketed by any particular company as a commodity.