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Web Directions Code ’21 session spotlight–Publishing a PWA to App Stores

Publishing a PWA to App Stores

Maximiliano Firtman, mobile+web developer

Today, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Microsoft Store accept Progressive Web Apps. It’s common to create PWAs these days with different toolchains, but how to publish it to the App Stores after they are on the web? Join me in the journey of taking a PWA for browsers and making everything available for stores.

Today Progressive Web Apps can be installed on every desktop and mobile operating system from the browser, but app store availability is also possible thanks to a couple of different official (and non-official) solutions such as Trusted Web Activities for Android, or PWAs for Microsoft Store. In this talk, we will go through the process of creating PWA Launchers for iOS, iPadOS, Android, and Windows. We’ll discuss the responsibility of Service Workers when working with PWA launchers, and how JavaScript can extend the Web Platform calling native APIs when a PWA launcher is involved with real-world examples of what’s possible.

For enterprise developers, we’ll analyze how we can distribute PWAs for iOS through Mobile Configuration files, and PWAs for Android through the Android Enterprise Console and a new feature known as a Managed Google Play iframe. Finally, we’ll discuss the idea of PWAs on the Apple App Store, what’s possible and what’s not with current guidelines and technologies available such as WKWebView and App-Bounded Domains available since iOS 14.

About Maximiliano Firtman

Max Firtman (@firt, firt.dev) is an independent mobile + web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer. He has authored many books, including Programming the Mobile Web and High-Performance Mobile Web published by O’Reilly Media, and many online courses at LinkedIn Learning, PluralSight, O’Reilly Learning, Udemy, and more publishers.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide, and he has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile web community. He teaches mobile (Android & iOS), HTML5, web performance, and PWA workshops for top companies worldwide.

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