WIll the Logos Web App become a PWA?

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danwdoo | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Nov 5 2017 6:28 AM

With the current move for app development to move toward progressive web apps (PWAs), is this a direction the Logos Web App will follow? All the major platforms are currently working towards supporting this new standard, and the promise of one application running across many platforms sounds like the perfect fit for the Logos Web App. It would seem a proper logos PWA could easily replace the IOS and Android Logos Apps and thus simplify (and hopefully accelerate) development of the overall product.

For info on PWA's see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_web_app

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aaylnx | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 9 2018 10:02 AM

This is a question which really warrants some kind of response.  Any Logos developers able to chime in?

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LogosEmployee

The web app right now is not optimized for the mobile experience. Ideally it will in the future, but until then we're holding off on these sorts of conversations. We are just finishing up some  improvements for touch users, though, which will particularly smooth out the experience for tablet users. We do expect that our mobile apps remain a primary use-case, and will offer the best experience on mobile devices.

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aaylnx | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 10 2018 8:36 AM

Thank you!  This is a very useful update.  As a mostly Linux user, I'm very hopeful that more and more functionality in Logos will move to some kind of web based technology.  That's the best cross platform solution for everyone and I know it will also solve issues for people with Chromebooks for example.

As an aside, it should be interesting to see how the mobile app runs on Chrombooks.  I'm not sure if people are using the mobile app on Chromebooks, but since Google enabled Android apps to run on ChromeOS a year or so ago, I've thought about that.  Also, I've not yet tried this out on my Linux machine, but it should be possible to run the Android app on Linux via Anbox - https://anbox.io/.  Anbox runs Android apps using a container model (the same way they run on ChromeOS) and so there should be much less overhead and it should be a lot easier than running a full Android VM.  

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Dennis Toll | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 10 2018 8:57 AM

Thanks, aaylnx, for bringing this question back to life. I use the Web app on a Chromebook and appreciate the increased functionality and look forward to more features coming. I also use Android apps on a couple of the chromebooks I own. When I use them in tablet mode, I generally go with the mobile app on those machines. It works well for general reading and for looking up definitions of Greek and Hebrew words. When I want to do more digging and use more tools, I prefer the Web app. 

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C.S. Beecher | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 16 2018 5:19 AM

I use the web app on my Samsung Chromebook Plus, it works well but it definitely needs some improvement. I am a student who is taking Rabbinics right now and we have been utilizing the Rabbinic library at Sefaria.org. That website runs so smoothly! I think it would be of great benefit to Logos users if Logos considered consulting with the Sefaria web builders/managers to find out what they are doing. If the Logos web app could get that kind of functionality and smoothness it would be abundantly helpful. 

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