Will Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) take over the place of Native apps? This question is going on for sometime, and there seems to be no concrete evidence that it will or will not. At this stage we decided to dig into what is happening at the Progressive Web App front. With Progressive Web App companies being confident in riding high in the coming years, we saw that the chances of PWA overtaking Native apps is increasing day by day.
Before we get there: Progressive Web apps, what are they?
It is the combination of both a native app (your traditional app) and a website – or a mobile website – to be precise. In other words, PWAs can be described as “a mobile app delivered through web”. It acts like a native app with app-style gestures and navigations, but is not a typical app. Unlike apps, you need not have to download a PWA from an app store. It can be downloaded and accessed in the web browser itself, and are capable of loading quickly in spite of low connectivity.
Why PWAs matter?
There are businesses and enterprises which functions almost entirely on mobility platforms, and this trend is steadily growing. The age of websites are not entirely over, and the world of mobile app are not without its snags. Websites are easy to create and quick to access, but does not offer agile interaction and smoother user engagement. On the other hand, Mobile apps can offer top-notch user engagement but they are difficult to create, time-consuming, expensive, and carries its own barriers in terms of adopting for different devices. Progressive Web Apps were created to sit right in between these two technologies, aimed to rope in the best of the both worlds, Native apps and mobile websites.
Reasons why PWA is winning over Native apps
Less memory consumption and highly efficient
Memory consumption is one the main concerns of today’s smartphone users. PWAs consumes much less memory and can work on-demand and be accessible at all times.
With PWA, users can cut down several demands like, consumer buy-ins, commitment to download, and installing the app. All they are required to do is simply click on a link and get it – without having to go to through the process of downloading and installing. This aspect is gaining more popularity for PWAs these days.
Doesn’t burn developers brains
Native apps – what you see is the baby and not the labor. Ask any developer what are the difficulties it takes to build a mobile app. They wouldn’t hesitate to state that it had almost fried their brains out to build one. Building a native app is a long and arduous process. Whereas a PWAs are much easier and faster to build and update.
It’s a developer’s delight.
One build suits all
Native app structure is such that separate apps have to be build for different platforms (Android, iOS etc.), which also happens to be the area where major cash spending happens. Since PWAs are hooked to browsers which are common across all devices, they work seamlessly on multiple devices. Multi-device adaptability is one of the most expensive aspects of app development process. In that respect, PWA is a cost-effective alternative to native apps.
This benefit is enticing businesses and enterprises to opt for it. Build once and use it across all.
Google, Microsoft and Apple – all are moving towards Progressive Web Apps
Though introduced in 2015, within a short span of time PWAs have gained enough traction. Microsoft, Apple and Google, three biggest technology players in the world, are moving towards PWAs. Microsoft is not the biggest proponent of PWAs, Google is. However, Microsoft, realizing the power of PWAs had announced that Edge (its own web browser) will support PWAs.
Starbucks, Twitter, Tinder, Pinterest and many such big companies are moving towards leveraging the benefits of PWAs. A report stated that 60% of Flipkart users bid goodbye to their native app and moved to Flipkart PWA.
They are Mobile-First
Mobile is becoming an one-stop solution for user searches and needs across the globe. Leaving out the disadvantages of responsive website and Native app, PWAs brings in the best sides of both these worlds to deliver a product that is not just highly efficient, but also great for Mobile-First approach.
The creation of PWA may not be driven with a motive to abandon or replace native apps or websites. The impulse would have been to create something more flexible and cost-effective. PWAs may affect native apps and responsive website, that does not mean it will entirely replace native apps and website, but it is likely to change their traditional structure native apps and responsive websites. And with the kind of impact PWAs are creating today, it looks it’s going to stay and prove its mettle.
Ideaplunge is one of the leading technology solutions provider, offering intuitive solutions to startups and Fortune 500 companies. It is one of the leading PWA development companies in Bangalore, catering to industries such as Retail, Healthcare, Fashion and Lifestyle. Today, it has its esteemed clients in over 5 countries across the globe.
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