Drew Estate has announced that effective today, it has ended service for its existing Drew Diplomat App, a decision driven by policy changes implemented by traditional app platforms that have limited functionality and access to upgrades.

A new version is in the works, however, one that the company describes as a Progressive Web App, a term used to describe apps that “are built and enhanced with modern APIs to deliver enhanced capabilities, reliability, and installability while reaching anyone, anywhere, on any device with a single codebase,” according to web.dev.

Drew Estate launched the Drew Diplomat App in 2013 as a way for the company’s consumers and fans to earn points, win prizes, get the latest DE news, as well as find local events and Drew Estate retailers.

The company said that the beta testing period for the new Drew Diplomat App is nearing completion, and it has set a goal of fully launching the new app within the next 45 to 90 days. When it launches, the app will be accessible on any device and will contain new features that make it more informative, rewarding, and entertaining than ever, the company said. Users of the current app will not lose any points during the transition, as the company said that they will transfer to the new app.

“We are looking forward to revealing the final app, digging deeper into our creative minds with killer prizes and new adventures to share with ya,” wrote Jonathan Drew, president and co-founder of Drew Estate, in an e-mail to users of the app. “Many of the things you love about the current app you can look forward to with the new app, but with significantly enhanced usability, ease of use, additional features and a few fresh surprises.”

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