With the increase in per hour time spent on mobile applications amidst users worldwide, PWA is becoming zeitgeist of the present time. It is turning the table of the mobile landscape. Launched by Google in 2015, PWA stands for progressive web applications. Working offline, sending push notifications or being installed to the home screen just like native applications, this cross platform development has revolutionized the production of robust apps and time to market.
What are PWA’s ?
PWAs are undoubtedly more accessible to users than traditional apps, as they function on web browsers. Progressive Web App is the latest Avant-garde of apps with the ideology of global use. It is multi platform that can be run in-browser as a website or web app, on the desktop, and mobile devices – all driven from a single codebase .
Where on one hand native applications run on a specific platform, with separate databases and overheads having potential of full consumption of a devices computational capabilities and hardware; Hybrid apps rely on frameworks like Ionic, Cordova, Phonegap, React Native, etc, distributed and shared codebases within limited utilization of a devices’ capability.
Progressive Web APPs are explicitly configured to support the installation of a common device resource API. It has a single codebase of all the applications throughout all possible platforms (web, mobile, desktop), robust access to devices’ computational capabilities and significantly less than the hybrid and native applications.
Features of PWA :
1. High speed and fast
PWA has fast and responsive interfaces that attract more users. For businesses curtailing due to less users, PWA is the best resort to look up to for better performance and more results with user interaction. This retains users and enhances conversion.
Progressive Web Apps pre-caches the important sources reducing the province on the network while ensuring that the users are able to get an instant and positive practice.It aids applications into running without web pages and user communications, such as background sync and user interaction.
3. Attractive and Engaging
Through the use of Web Share API, user experience is further enhanced which allows the transfer of content between native and web apps while Push App notifications significantly re-engages customers. The app doesn’t require playstore, it is on the user's home screen, allowing the fullscreen experience to its users using the web app manifest file. It is a json file carrying instructions of installation for desktop and mobile devices.
PWA is fast to download, updates really fast and relatively very simple to understand. However, when a resource intensive graphical app is required, performance is key. It needs access to device APIs that are not already available to the browser, such as file access, NFC, the phone contacts, or SMS. In such cases, presence on Google Play or the App Store instead of the Web, App Store is a business requirement. A key factor in making this choice is budget and will depend on your specific requirements and your user base.