PWAs can now publish on Google Play Store

PWAs can now publish on Google Play Store

Now, Chrome 72 allows all users to publish PWAs in the Google Play Store. It releases for Android ships with Trusted Web Activity feature. This means that PWAs can be distributed in the Google Play Store. The Trusted Web Activity feature is a way to open Chrome in standalone mode - without any toolbar or Chrome UI - within the scope of our Google’s native Android package. You can publish your PWA in the Play store, and from the browser also.

 

PWA in Google Play Store offers a bunch of features such as  better internationalization support, Wear OS companion app or Android Auto extension, Home Screen Widget, limited monetization of the App, background services accessing native features, some native screens mixed with PWA content, more PWA icon in the Launcher and/or home screen pointing to different URLs within the same host.

Maximiliano Firtman, a mobile and web developer, says,

The idea that we can now publish PWAs in the Google Play Store is really a game changer. It seems we are in the early stages of the API right now and we definitely need a higher level solution for this. I really want to see a tool to enter our PWA’s URL and get an APK from it.

In Google Play Store there are already some PWAs published such as Google Maps Go, Instagram Lite or Twitter Lite. The first one is using some kind of a private pre-TWA version, and the last two are using a WebView.

To publish your PWA shortcut using TWAs you will need to follow all the Google Play Store rules. Check the Developer Policy Center for more information. You will also need a Developer Publisher account paying a one-time fee of USD $25 and create metadata, screenshots and marketing material for your app.

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