1. bswee365's Avatar
    Hi, switched from iOS to android three weeks ago and zero regrets! I'm running Android 8.1 on a Huawei P20.
    I'm still getting used to android but the following is puzzling me:
    In chrome, I access a website for news. While in chrome, I request the desktop site and I am transferred. I then proceed to create a link on the home screen using the "Add to home screen" chrome option and all is good. The icon has the chrome logo in the bottom right.
    However, when I go to use this link from the home screen, it opens in an app... And I don't even have an app installed. There is no address bar on the process that opens. When I open recent tasks to see what is going on, chrome is there and so is the link I created (and just opened). It is a different process (separate to chrome). I say it opens as an app because when I swipe down on the home screen and search for RTE (the site I created the link to), I see the links appearing under "apps". How can this happen when I have so such app downloaded? Why aren't they just opening as a webpage? See picture for what I mean.
    I discovered an option in phone settings to "open links in apps" and disabled it but the problem remains, even after creating a new link from scratch. Thanks for any ideas!
    Attached Thumbnails Why are weblinks opening in an app, when no app is installed?-screenshot_20180627-105728.jpg   Why are weblinks opening in an app, when no app is installed?-screenshot_20180627-111914.jpg  
    06-27-2018 05:27 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! It looks like it's being treated as a Progressive Web App:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Web_Apps
    https://hackernoon.com/progressive-w...t-f29257b0dea2

    If you swipe down your notification panel, you should see a Chrome notification there, which gives you an option to open the link as a Chrome tab.
    TGIS likes this.
    06-28-2018 12:50 PM

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