Progressive Web Applications (PWA): An Overview
There is more than one way to build an app, and the advance of Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) have greatly expanded the available options. They are built on existing technology, and thus are a much easier and cost-effective option than Native Apps which are built from the ground up.
Here we are going to give an overview of PWAs and their benefits, although to understand them better it is a good idea to understand the differences between them and Native Apps first.
Progressive Web Apps vs. Native Apps
A Native App is a software application designed and built in a specific programming language for use on a specific device, such as iOS or Android. Because it is built for use on a particular device, and that device’s operating system, can make use of the device-specific hardware and software. This enables Native Apps to optimize their performance and even use the very latest technology.
Benefits of Progressive Web Applications
A well-built PWA has excellent responsiveness across all devices and operating systems. This is important as there are so many different screen sizes among all the different devices we use.
The offline capability of PWAs helps keep a user engaged to an app even when disconnected from the internet. For example, a music based PWA can allow users to access saved music when they are offline. The WhatsApp instant messaging app is another good example, as users can read back through their previous conversations when they are disconnected from the internet.
It is also quite easy to make PWAs discoverable through internet searches. Native Apps must be actively sought on the websites where they are available for download, but PWAs can be found via search engines. Google even report that one in four app users have discovered an app through a search.
While Native Apps have been optimized for each device, PWAs can look and feel just like them. Obviously, it is important for the developer to build it correctly and include features that mimic Native Apps, but it is not difficult, and a talented developer can ensure a PWA matches any similar Native App.
And of course, the biggest benefit of a PWA is its cross-platform capability. This means you don’t have to build multiple apps for different devices. Well built progressive web applications can work on all systems and browsers, making it accessible to everyone at a significantly lower cost.
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