Progressive Web Apps – The Next Big Thing

Since a decade, the use of smartphones increases which results in increasing the use of mobile apps. People realizes the difficulties in accessibility and space about mobile apps. In the beginning, mobile developers were targeting more on people to download their app. They ended up with an attempt to not have those downloaded applications uninstalled. Imagine, you have a mobile application that takes less space and don’t need to download from app store. It will be really beneficial and also more efficient. And that the Progressive Web Apps are for. Progressive Web Apps are the technology of both mobile web browsing and mobile applications. The use of this technology improves the user experience and therefore PWA’s are the next big thing.

What is Progressive Web Apps?

Progressive Web Apps

Let’s start with the basics. What is meant by Progressive Web Apps? And what it does?

In 2015, Google introduced a concept called PWA, and developers and users easily adopted it within very less time. Progressive Web Apps run through a web browser. It gives the same feel and look like a normal app. These PWA, functions like a native apps without its disadvantages. One of the important advantage is that it does not come through an app store. Any type of device, mobile, desktop or tablet can use Progressive Web Apps. Also any type of browser can access it. PWA’s are safe to use because they are provided with HTTPS connections that guarantees the content hasn’t been altered. These are installable so that users can keep apps on home screens. Sharing of progressive web apps is easy because they are linkable. Users can share PWA’s by sending URL.

Why Progressive Web Apps are the next big thing?

PWA’s are not less than native apps. Users and developers community likes PWA’s. Below advantages shows, Progressive Web App is the next big thing in app development.

1. Accessibility and adaptability-

The largest thing about PWA is that it can be accessed by any type of device, whether it is mobile, desktop or tablet. Any type of browser, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome can access it. Running on browser will feel the same as that of apps. There will be no limitation for use of PWA’s.

2. Less dependent on Internet-

PWA’s can be used with slow speed internet connectivity and sometimes offline also. PWA’s are built so that it can also function with offline mode.  Various service providers activate the cache so that user can use it with no internet connectivity. For ex., Uber built an app that works with 2G network. It just requires 50 kb for basic request and response functionalities.

3. Less Space-

Native apps takes more space. For complex apps, manage and store will require more space. Native apps has size between 20 MB to 500 MB. This could be problematic for user to download. But PWA’s removes this problem. It just takes a small amount of space, which is essentially lower than the space required by native applications. Very small space required to store the functioning app because PWA’s are made to run over web.

4. Less Loading Time-

PWA’s loads faster than native apps, because these are less dependent on device.

5. Automatic Update-

With PWA’s, no need to check for regular updates. As PWA’s run through the web, apps are always tuned with current version of app without single action performed by a user.

6. Safe Browsing-

PWA runs on HTTPS, so it is secure for browsing to all the users.

7. Easy to discover-

It is easy to discover progressive web app as compared to native mobile app. PWA’s can easily discover through any type of search engines and can be accessed within a few seconds by just visiting the corresponding website.

8. Push Notification-

Next important characteristic that made PWA the next big thing is push notifications. PWA’s delivers the notifications like triggering based locations using beacons, or the immediate notifications when user haven’t kept the app in open. For eg., OLX increases their re-engagement by 250% using push notifications through PWA.

Due to such attractive features  PWA’s are the next big thing.

What makes Progressive Web Apps different from native apps?

A native app is a program that lives on a smartphone. It works as a program run on your computer.

PWA is a website that displays like mobile apps. They perform the same function as native apps but through the internet browser.

1. Progressive-

PWA’s don’t have any restriction about browser. This means that it can work on as many platforms as possible. Progressive development is the key factor that kept apart the PWA from other traditional apps and before you offer your application in that format, you ought to guarantee that it genuinely can work with each program type accessible available.

2. Responsive-

It is common that internet users access the internet from mobile phones, desktops, laptops and such devices. And your PWA able to function on mobile, tablets as well as on a full scale desktop.

3. Connectivity Independent-

You could not visit a website if the internet is down. PWA allows users to interact with app independent of the connection. Cached data made available from service makers helps to achieve this.

4. App Like-

PWA maintain an app like structure. And this is the biggest difference between PWA and website. To be considered a PWA, a website should contain interactive features to engage the user. This page can be added to the homescreen of a device so that user can interact with the app just like native apps.

Conclusion-

PWA is surely the next step in technology. PWA doesn’t have restrictions of app store and to follow guidelines hence it is open solution for users and developers community. Due to the better user experience with mobile optimized pages and less data usage are the main advantages of PWA. These are the best way to stand up in the mobile industry.

If you’re interested in developing Progressive web apps for your business, then you might need some help getting started. Solace Infotech is an ideal place to start, and the experts there will be happy to develop a PWA that set you on your way to business innovation. To get a free quote for PWA development, kindly contact us.