Over the past few years, rapid advances in Internet technology have made web applications closer to native local applications, but many challenges still need to be overcome. This is partly due to the limitations of the web browser itself, i.e. sandboxing web pages and web applications as much as possible to prevent malware from passing through;
As an internet giant, Google has been trying to make breakthroughs in both areas. The upcoming Chrome 86 will bring developers more tools to make web apps as rich as native apps.
Google has submitted the Native File System API to the World Wide Web Alliance (W3C), allowing Web applications such as photo editors, text editors, and even integrated development environments (IDEs) to access files using the platform’s native file dialog box. This makes web apps look and behave like normal apps.
Chrome 86 also launched Origin Trial and testing for security support. Based on the EY Web API, it meets the banking needs of online payments.
The latest beta version of Chrome browser also began testing support for the WebHID API, which will make it easier to support gamepads. With the emergence of cloud gaming platforms, services like Stadia can be experienced through a browser, and supporting input and output devices will become even more important for web applications and games.