Google Chrome plans to remove status bar from Progressive Web Apps / Digital Information World

Google plans to hide the status bar in PWAs (aka Progressive Web Apps). We all know that tech companies like Google strive to improve and change their features from time to time. Previously, very recently, it changed one of its features which allowed uninstalling Chrome PWAs from settings or control panel which was previously impossible. Google is now considering whether or not to hide its status bar in PWAs, but this development is being tested and no decision (i.e. whether to deploy it as the default option) has yet been made.

In case you don’t know what a status bar is on PWAs. Do not worry! We have you covered on this information. A link destination appears at the bottom in gray when you navigate to a web page in the web browser. The status bar is a horizontal box that is present at the bottom of your screen and shows which program is running and which website is running before you click on the link. This is the purpose of the status bar and it is very important.

To see what this status bar area will look like once removed, just follow these steps.

First, you will need to launch your latest version of the Chrome Canary web browser and visit chrome://flags from the address bar. On the visited page look for Desktop PWA Remove Status Baror if it seems a bit difficult, just paste it into the address bar chrome://flags/#enable-desktop-pwas-remove-status-bar. Click on the blue box with the drop-down menu, the set of options will be mostly on “Default”, change it to “Enabled”, then restart the Chrome Canary browser.

Open Chrome again and install any PWA, for example you can go to https://remotedesktop.google.com/ and install it from the address bar by clicking on the circled-plus icon right next to Bookmark (star icon). Now, after opening the PWA, you won’t be able to notice the status bar, either while loading or when hovering/hovering over links.

What should be noted is that under the “Desktop PWAs Remove Status Bar” option, there is a flag description notifying that “Hides status bar popup in Desktop PWA app Windows, Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS” affected by this change. This means that only the mentioned devices and operating systems have the ability to enable the status bar removal option. Android and iOS will show the status bar unless Google also enables the option.

We can’t say if the public is happy with this change or if they don’t consider that no public inquiry has yet been conducted, but we also don’t know if this change is here to stay because it’s still under test conditions. Whatever decision is made, we are sure it will be in line with public demand, as the tech giant makes user preference a top priority.

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