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A 10 year retrospective on the open web

On the Chromium Blog, Paul Kinlan shared a look back to the beginning of Chrome in 2008, the early days of the web, on through to today and the future of the “capable web.”

2008-2014 — In just seven years, the web changed drastically. Browsers got significantly faster and more capable, letting developers build richer experiences on the desktop. Users started to consume even more content on mobile, meaning we all had to rethink how our experiences would work across devices and form-factors, even when the user had no connectivity.

If you’re looking for some perspective on how far we’ve come with the web and the impact of iteration — you should check this out. BTW — Chrome turned 10, here’s what’s new.

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Use `onappinstalled` to know when your PWA gets installed

Paul Kinlan, developer advocate for Chrome and the open web at Google writes:

Chrome implemented window.onappinstalled event. It’s triggered when a user installs a progressive web app via the Add to Homescreen API or now more importantly via the manual method of Add to Homescreen.

This is a very useful addition because it allows you to see engagement on the prompt vs people who use the system banners or menu buttons to install a progressive web app.

Now you can track your PWA’s install engagement based on the method of install — via the prompt or manually via a custom prompt. Read the docs for more details.

Also, make sure you subscribe to JS Party to hear discussions about PWAs and the web platform.

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