Remove webapps from the recent apps list

VERIFIED FIXED in Firefox 21

Status

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defect
VERIFIED FIXED
7 years ago
6 years ago

People

(Reporter: mfinkle, Assigned: mfinkle)

Tracking

unspecified
Firefox 21
x86
macOS
Points:
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Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)

Details

(Whiteboard: A4A)

Attachments

(1 attachment)

Webapps that show up in Android's recent apps list show up with "App" as the title and using Firefox's icon. Only the screenshot is unique to the webapp.

It's a pretty bad aesthetic and appearance. It might be better to just hide the webapps from the recent apps list and make the user tap on the homescreen shortcut again to get back to the running webapp.
Product is OK with doing this.
Whiteboard: A4A? → A4A
Posted patch patchSplinter Review
Simple change to the Android manifest fragment
Assignee: nobody → mark.finkle
Attachment #712188 - Flags: review?(wjohnston)
Comment on attachment 712188 [details] [diff] [review]
patch

Review of attachment 712188 [details] [diff] [review]:
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I'm sure we'll get to enjoy marking WONTFX on this for years to come.
Attachment #712188 - Flags: review?(wjohnston) → review+
https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/6c2f32553ebc
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Firefox 21
I use the Twitter webapp as my Twitter client on Android, and this makes for even worse UX for me. Now I have to go back to the home screen to get back to Twitter instead of being able to use the handy app switcher. The hardcoded "App" name does suck, but making webapps act even less like native apps seems like a losing proposition. It'd just be easier to use a native app at this point.
This is a very bad user experience. Now that the app does not appear in the recent apps the user can't close an app that he no longer needs to use without closing Firefox. Furthermore this is really bad when Firefox is closed and the user opens just the webapp. In this case the user will never have the possibility of closing the webapp since it does not appear in the recent apps list.
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
This sucks for sharing, as a user has reported in bug 950234. Hopefully this won't be an issue with 'synthetic APK's coming soon.
(In reply to Aaron Train [:aaronmt] from comment #8)
> This sucks for sharing, as a user has reported in bug 950234. Hopefully this
> won't be an issue with 'synthetic APK's coming soon.

It won't.  Issues like these are synthetic APKs' raison d'être, and apps installed via synthetic APKs appear just like native apps on Android's Recents screen.
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