On Sat, 31 May 2014, at 10:40, Jeffrey Walton wrote: > I have a question about Use Cases for Installable WebApps located at > https://w3c-webmob.github.io/installable-webapps/. > > Under section "Add to Homescreen", the document states: > > ... giving developers the choice to tightly integrate their web > applications into the OS directly from the Web browser is > still somewhat new... > > ... [Installable WebApps] are different in that the > applications are "installed" directly from the browser itself > rather than from an app store... > > It sounds like to me the idea is to allow any site on the internet to > become a app store. My observations are the various app stores provide > vendor lock-in and ensure a revenue stream. Its architected into the > platform. Companies like Apple, Microsoft and RIM likely *won't* give > up lock-in or the revenue stream (at least not without a fight). > > Are there any platforms providing the feature? Has the feature gained > any traction among the platform vendors?
Isn't "Add to homescreen" feature something you can find in a more or less advanced fashion on Safari iOS, Firefox Android, Firefox OS and Chrome Android? I believe IE had something similar some time ago on desktop but I don't know what's the current status of that. Chrome Apps is also doing some experiments on desktop .  https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/74WCmneFJ8j -- Mounir