Google rolls out in-app browsers on Android

In-app browsers are generally not the best way to consume in-app content. In fact, the Android developer has been using Chrome’s Custom Tabs feature to tweak the experience. Now, Google is rolling out new features like partial custom tabs and password autofill to make in-app navigation smoother on mobile operating systems.

The partial custom tabs feature gives developers more control over the initial launch height of tabs. For example, you can open a tab in half the screen when a user clicks an article link. This allows the user to interact with the app and the in-app browser at the same time.

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They are also rolling out the feature for users to enter passwords and other stored details (such as addresses) without leaving the app. This is useful if your app’s browser has a login popup.

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Google is suggesting Chrome custom tabs over WebView, claiming it offers more functionality.

Google said “When adding a web experience to your Android app, simply launching a browser from your app forces users to leave your app, with the risk of abandonment for that session. WebViews allow you to build your own in-app browser, but can be a complex process with higher maintenance overhead,”





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