Updated April 16, 2018: As I speculated may happen, both apps have now been pulled from the Microsoft Store. It's still possible we may see official Uber and YouTube PWAs hit the Microsoft Store at some point, but it could be a while. The original story follows.
Last week marked the introduction of the first group of Progressive Web Apps (PWA) on the Microsoft Store, all published by Microsoft itself. Now, it looks like a third-party developer is looking to get in on the action with a couple of big-name apps: YouTube and Uber (via Reddit).
Both apps are published by a developer called Pladoo Interactive, so they don't have the official backing of either YouTube or Uber. Additionally, they don't look to be PWAs in the strict sense, even though they're labeled as such. Rather, both apps are web wrappers that provide access to each service. The YouTube app, for example, simply loads the website in an app window, complete with banner advertisements and all.
In the description of each app, Pladoo Interactive says that both are a part of a "Windows Revival Project" it is undertaking, the objective of which is to "bring apps to Windows 10 Mobile using PWA based apps or even native apps." The developer promises more apps are to come.
As a basic way to access each service, the apps do their job. However, because the Edge platform on Windows 10 Mobile doesn't support PWA features like service workers, which can provide push notifications from the web. If you're looking for a native YouTube app, there are other third-party options worth checking out. However, Uber recently dropped support for its Windows 10 app, so this version may be a viable alternative.
It's worth noting that, since neither app is an official release from YouTube or Uber, there's a chance that either company could try to pull them. However, if you want to give either a shot, they're up for grabs on the Microsoft Store now.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
'Zelter' for PC is the Stardew Valley apocalypse I didn't know I wanted
Zelter just hit early access, and it's a pretty cool concept. But boy oh boy, it's pretty rough right now. Here are some thoughts on this latest entry in the zombie apocalypse survival genre.
Xbox lead Phil Spencer talks Game Pass 'Platinum' and TV streaming devices
Could Project xCloud come direct to television without a console? Never say never, says Phil Spencer.
Our comprehensive list of all Xbox Series X Optimized games
A complete list of Xbox Series X Optimized games confirmed so far, including their plans to support 4K resolution, HDR, high FPS gameplay, ray tracing, and Smart Delivery.
Make the most of your Surface Pen and Slim Pen with these awesome apps
To really maximize the ability of the Surface Pen and Slim Pen, there are some essential apps you should check out. We've rounded up the best right here for a variety of purposes.