Alnoor M Peermohamed
16:45 26th Jun, 2014
Google Blurs The Line Between Web & Native Apps On Android L
Seamlessly switching between web and native apps, Android L
Google previewed its all-new version of Android, dubbed 'L', at the I/O conference held in San Francisco on Wednesday. Apart from the changes to the UI itself, Android L will come with a new version of Chrome with prime focus being on blending native apps with web tabs.
The biggest indication of this is seen in the re-designed 'recent apps' drawer rather than on Chrome itself. Each tab on Chrome will get its own card, equalling in value any app that may be running on your device. The other indicator being the company's decision to expand its app indexing API to all Android apps.
According to TechCrunch, so far the company only worked with certain select developers to do this, a prime example of it would be IMDb. When you search for a movie on Google, the results would display a link that would open a particular page on the IMDb app installed on your phone. This is the seamless transition from web to native apps.
The report goes on to say that the end of native apps could be closer than we think, and that Android L will truly blur the lines between web and native apps. Why will Google do this? Well they've always been web developers, and most of the company's most successful apps – Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive – are all web apps.
The idea however isn't new. Mozilla is trying to do the exact same thing with its Firefox OS, but they've run into a few roadblocks. The reason Google hasn't ditched native apps already is because device processors aren't fast enough, web runtimes aren't efficient and developers aren't that great at developing web apps.
However, those are just three small hurdles which Google has already begun fixing. That said it may take years before web apps rule the roost on your smartphone, but with Android L Google has clearly taken a step in that direction.
- Xiaomi India launches new Mi Dual Driver In-Ear Earphones
- Xiaomi to bring NavIC technology from ISRO to several smartphones in 2020
- Bobble celebrates 'Namaste Trump" with new GIFs, and Stickers
- Fujifilm unveils the new X100V camera with high performance and advanced functions along with two new XC 35mm F2 and GF 45-100mm F4 lens
- boAt audio launches new range of earphones & speakers at the recently concluded Lakmé Fashion Week
- Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless, The Smarter Travel Companion, Launched in India
- Titan Company strengthens its technology and wearables play
- Xiaomi India launches Desh Ka Dumdaar Smartphone, Redmi 8A Dual
- HYPERX LAUNCHES FURY ULTRA RGB GAMING MOUSE PAD IN INDIA
- An initiative to create a Breathe Free space for the torch bearers of tomorrow