The new Native File System API enables developers to build powerful web apps that interact with files on the user's local device, like IDEs, photo and video editors, text editors, and more. After a user grants a web app access, this API allows web apps to read or save changes directly to files and folders on the user's device.
Access to the user’s contacts has been a feature of native apps since (almost) the dawn of time. The Contact Picker API is a new, on-demand picker that allows users to select an entry or entries from their contact list and share limited details of the selected contact(s) with a website. It allows users to share only what they want, when they want, and makes it easier for users to reach and connect with their friends and family.
Chrome 76 adds expands the functionality of the Async Clipboard API to add support for png images. Copying and pasting images to the clipboard has never been easier.
Chrome 75 introduces file sharing from a web app, which lets your web app can share with virtually anything on a user's device.
The RTCQuicTransport is a new web platform API that allows exchanging arbitrary data with remote peers using the QUIC protocol.
The Shape Detection API detects faces, barcodes, and text in images.
As the capability gap between web and native gets smaller, it becomes easier to offer the same experience for both web and native users. This may lead to cases where users have both the web and native versions installed on the same device. Apps should be able to detect this situation. The
getInstalledRelatedApps API is a new web platform API that allows your web app to check to see if your native app is installed on the users device, and vice versa.
To avoid draining the battery, most devices will quickly fall asleep when left idle. While this is fine for most of the time, there are some applications that need to keep the screen or the device awake in order to complete some work. The Wake Lock API provides a way to prevent the device from dimming or locking the screen or prevent the device from going to sleep when an application needs to keep running.
The Badging API is a new web platform API that allows installed web apps to set an application-wide badge, shown in an operating-system-specific place associated with the application, such as the shelf or home screen. Badging makes it easy to subtly notify the user that there is some new activity that might require their attention, or it can be used to indicate a small amount of information, such as an unread count.
The Web Share Target API allows installed web apps to register with the underlying OS as a share target to receive shared content from either the Web Share API or system events, like the OS-level share button.
We strongly believe that every developer should have access to the capabilities they need to make a great web experience, and we are committed to a more capable web. Learn about some of the new APIs we're considering and how you can get involved.
Sharing is caring. Web Share is now available in Chrome 61 for Android, and allows websites to invoke the native sharing capabilities of the host platform.