Continuing the discussion from Fully support Android Chrome's "Add to Homescreen":
If any of you guys visited meta on the last days with an Android Phone (using the default Chrome Browser) you may have seen this:
This is Google App Banner feature, and it’s live on latest Discourse.
Clicking Add to Home Screen will create a shortcut on your phone home screen, using your forum name and icon, that when clicked will show a splash screen like this:
The background color is the same of your board and the backgroud of the Android top bar will match the background of your header background.
After that your forum will open, and without the Chrome location bar, giving it an app feel.
It’s also easier to spot it on Android app switcher, since it has it own entry like an app,
Also, I think it makes the page way more difficult to be garbage collected from ram, but I need to confirm if this is true or just my bias.
This is it. I think this will make your users come back more to your community!
It isn’t showing for me!
your site must be https, this will never appear if your site is plain old http
you must set a 512x512 png on large_icon_url site setting
Google controls when the banner will appear, the today default is: The user has visited your site at least twice, with at least five minutes between visits.