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Šime Vidas

Note that Firefox for Android teaches the user about the new icon:

# Posted by Šime Vidas on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 1:11pm

Alex Russell

Ambient Badging is very much the right direction. “Add” vs. “Add to homescreen” is ongoing debate.

Alex Russell

Note that you got promoted on visit because high site engagement. See chrome://site-engagement

Alex Russell

We raise engagement score for sites you go to directly (type into the omnibox) vs. those you navigate to via link.

Alex Russell

Either way, you should be able to get the prompt on the first load if site installs SW quickly & user engages w/ content.

Jeremy Keith

This is such a thorny (and interesting) challenge—fascinating stuff!

Ben Francis

With WebAPK meaning app in the app drawer etc., is it even “add to homescreen” any more, or actually “install”? (Personally I like “pin”).

# Posted by Ben Francis on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 6:15pm

Andreas Bovens

Also: Firefox has “Add page shortcut” in overflow menu > Page. Creates Home screen shortcut to current page, which opens full browser UI.

Martin Pitt

This is such an important issue. PWAs will not happen if this showstopper is not resolved. Unsolicited popups are really bad. Ambient Badging is a step forward. Goal is (a) subtly inform the user of PWA, (b) allow user to promote it to first class citizen at their own comfort.

# Posted by Martin Pitt on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 10:52pm

Alex Russell

Chrome’s menu item does a similar thing. I’d like to see these badged when the site is detected to be a PWA.

Andreas Bovens

Firefox’ implementation is really shortcut only (PWA or not). Allows users to deeplink to specific section (e.g. news site’s sports page)

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