Chromebooks work well for web-based work, and the availability of Android apps makes them even more versatile, but app optimization has been a problem for some time. To fix this, Chromebooks have now started to selectively install web apps instead of certain Android apps in the Play Store.
Web apps – or Progressive Web Apps (PWA) to describe them correctly – are much faster and offer more or less the same user interface and functions as the Android apps. Currently, this app install setting is reportedly only working for Twitter and YouTube TV apps in the Play Store.
Google has yet to announce which apps will adopt this strategy in the future. However, this is a step in the right direction. Dominick Ng, manager of the Chrome OS Apps Platform at Google, reviewed the new app installation behavior for Chromebooks and described it as one of the most challenging and satisfying jobs he's ever done.