The main objective of this blog is to see What Progressive Web Apps are, its features, advantages, and why people choose to use Progressive Web Apps. Before that let’s have quick look for Native Application and Web Application.
A Native Application is a software program which is developed for use on a particular platform or device.
Native Apps are accessed through icons on the device home screen and live on the device. They are installed from an application store (such as Google Play or App store). Native App can use full advantage of the device features such as the camera, GPS, device contacts, etc.
Examples of Naive Apps
As we have seen Native Apps can access multiple resources of the device such as a microphone, GPS and so on, an example of Native Apps are Skype, Twitter, Instagram or games like Pokémon Go.
Skype accesses system functionalities – camera for video calling, microphone for both video calling and normal calling, device contact list to contact with another user on skype or share something with our contact.
A Native app installs directly on a mobile device. Data related to the native app is stored on the device itself or on the cloud.
Features of Native Apps
Native apps can get the advantage of the built-in features of the device, such as GPS, microphone, camera, etc. These applications give better and unique user experience, as expected by user and design of a device.
Security and Support:
Native Apps are quite secure and safe, as they can use the
These Apps have better performance and are very efficient, due to tight connection with the device’s built-in-features.
Native apps update regularly since they operate in standalone mode. Some apps are configured to update automatically and the user gets the notification for it.
Native Apps such as e-commerce or purchase apps store information such as credit card details inside the app on their device, hence making it convenient for the user to make a repeat purchase quickly.
Development of Native App can be more expensive. They also need prior approval and registration with the app store, before going release.
Different devices need totally different variations of native apps, even though the logic may be same, development needs to use a totally new set of API and SDK’s. That may be a different version and look and feel of the user interface on a different device.
As the name suggests Web Apps are really websites and not real applications but they have look and feel like Native applications but are not implemented as Native Apps.
In other words, a Web App is an application which cannot download from an app store but it can access via the web browser over a network.
Examples of Web Apps
Examples of web applications include shopping carts, online forms, word processors, video and photo editing, file scanning and file conversion and Gmail, Yahoo etc.
Features of Web Apps
Web apps stores copies of documents. It helps to reduce server load and bandwidth usage.
Security is the major issue because Web apps provide authorization feature. This feature is used to identify the user of an application.
Unlike the native app, a web app can run on any platform like Linux, MacOs as well as Windows.
Web apps support unit testing, and we can check our web applications for potential bugs easily. It can go through interface testing, functionality testing, database testing, performance testing etc.
Simple Development and Deployment:
Web applications are written in a simple text editor and command line interface thus we can develop and deploy it easily.
Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
Nowadays, many people are talking and discussing the word called “Progressive Web App”. Now let me give you simple definition of PWAs.
What is Progressive Web Apps?
Essentially, Progressive Web Apps are apps that combine the best features of Web apps and Native Apps.
In other words, Progressive Web Apps are a regular website or web page, but it appears to the user like traditional applications or native applications. It is constantly progressing hence, it is progressive.
Why Progressive Web Apps?
We have seen both Web apps and Native Apps. Both type of apps have its own pros and cons, and Progressive Web Apps combine the best part of the Native app and Web app.
Before moving to “why”, let’s better understand what problem does it solve.
Problems with Native Apps?
We all are using Android or iOS on our mobile device. We have installed lots of apps inside it. However, some of them are not satisfying or not worthwhile.
But while installing apps we go through these problems:
- Is this app worth downloading?
- I don’t have enough space.
- Is my available data sufficient?
Sometimes few apps only work well when the phone has an active internet connection. Moreover, these apps need to update every week. Progressive web apps are within some KBs and no need to update as its automatically updated. Thanks to service worker.
PWAs are more efficient than native apps and are always accessible, without taking mobile device’s memory or data.
However, we are still able to save PWA to our home screen – it is install-able without thinking of the real download.
It is a more economical option from the developer perspective. They are faster to update and build. Its development cost is less than a
Features of PWAs:
It works for every user no matter which browser user is using as they are built with progressive enhancement as a core tenet.
It is automatically adjustable in any form of screen like a computer, mobile, tablet etc.
Progressive web apps take very less time to load because they are instantly available.
It feels like the mobile app with app-style interactions because it is built on the app shell model.
PWAs are always up to date so no need to update it again and again like Native Apps.
you can install it as an app on your home screen without going to an app store.
We can easily share it via URL and do not require complex installation.
Benefits of Progressive Web App
Making website is easier than making App. It requires very less maintenance and updates.
Unlike other App, Web apps are not restricted to any platform and you do not need to develop a separate version for different platform or device.
To download PWA, you do not need to go to Google Play or App store, it can be directly downloaded to their device. It means PWA gets its own icon on the device without downloading from the app store.
No app store submission:
PWAs no need to publish on Google Play or App store. Developers also can push new updates without approvals. When the
Some Popular Names Implementing Progressive Web Apps
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Many brands are moving to Progressive Web Apps, and it’s easy to see why. Both the Native app and Web have their own advantages and disadvantages, and PWA provides best of both for business worlds.
What to go ahead from here?
If you want a demo or you want to create your own PWA, we are here to help you. We have already created a boilerplate and Git Hub repository for you to get started.
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