Chrome 76 is rolling out now! It adds support for the
prefers-color-scheme media query, bringing dark mode to websites. An install button in the omnibox to make installation of Progressive Web Apps on desktop easier. A way to prevent the mini-infobar from appearing on mobile. Increases the frequency with which WebAPKs are updated. And plenty more. Let’s dive in and see what’s new for developers in Chrome 76!
When a Progressive Web App is installed on Android, Chrome automatically requests and installs a WebAPK of your app. Starting in Chrome 76, Chrome will check for updates more frequently, ensuring icons, titles, colors, and other key properties to rolled out to your users faster.
In Chrome 76, we're making it easier for users to install Progressive Web Apps on the desktop by adding an install button to the address bar. If a site meets the Progressive Web App installability criteria, Chrome will automatically show an install icon in the address bar, making it easy for users to install your PWA.
If your PWA has use cases where it’s helpful for a user to install your app, for example if you have users who use your app more than once a week, you should be promoting the installation of your PWA within the web UI of your app. We have new recommendations on how you can promote the installation of your app.
We're giving you more control over the PWA Add to Home Screen mini-infobar. Starting in Chrome 76, you can prevent the mini-infobar from appearing by calling
preventDefault() on the
Starting in Chrome 68 on Android, the Add to Home Screen behavior is changing to give you more control over when and how to prompt the user. If your site meets the add to home screen criteria, Chrome will no longer automatically show the add to home screen banner. Instead, you'll need to call
prompt() on the saved
beforeinstallprompt event to show the add to home screen dialog prompt to your users