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Google Drive On the Web is Now an Installable PWA

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With Chrome apps on the way out starting this year, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) look to be their replacements sooner than later. We’ve already seen a few from Google, such as YouTube Music, Google Maps, and Google Photos. Starting today, you can add Google Drive to the company’s growing list of PWAs.

Installing the Google Drive PWA is as painless as it gets. In Google Chrome on your desktop, navigate to the Google Drive website and click the plus sign on the right end of the address bar. From there, click the blue Install button and that’s it!

an image of the Google Drive install prompt


Once installed, it looks like a normal app, and that’s on purpose. Even though PWAs are essentially websites, they appear more like traditional apps. Also, they include features typically found in traditional apps, such as offline support, push notifications, background syncing, and other modern goodies.

PWAs pave a new standard for installable apps that every platform supports. Imagine being able to use an app just as powerful as a traditional app, yet the app supports everything from iOS and Android to Windows and the web.

PWAs aren’t limited to computers, as you can also install them on your Android smartphone. However, in the case of Googler Drive, you should just install the Android app from the Google Play Store—you’ll get a better experience from it.

Source: Android Police

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