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Here’s why Progressive Web Apps are likely to overtake Native Apps

Will Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) take over the place of Native apps? Though there appears to be no concrete evidence that it will or will not, industry reports point that PWAs are gaining traction and its chances of overtaking native apps increasing by the day. At this stage we decided to dig into what is happening at the Progressive Web App front. 

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 navigation, but is not a typical app. Unlike native apps, you need not have to download a PWA from an app store, instead they  can be downloaded and accessed in the web browser itself.

Why PWAs matter?

There are businesses and enterprises which functions almost entirely on mobility platforms, and this trend is steadily growing. Since the world of mobile app are not without its snags, the age of websites are not entirely over. Compared to native apps, websites are fairly easy to create and quick to access, but they don’t offer the kind of user experience an app does. 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 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 of 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 through the process of downloading and installing. This aspect is gaining more popularity for PWAs these days.

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.

Works well on poor internet connection

Applications that rely on internet connection are hampered when the connection turns shoddy. This is one of the top causes for users abandoning apps. PWAs can work just fine with poor net connection, and they can even work offline.

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.

Easy to update

One of the most beneficial features of PWAs is they are pretty easy to update. Since there is no involvement of mediators like app store, end users can receive quick and timely updates just as when the web apps are updated.

Conclusion

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, however, it appears it would certainly bear an impact on the traditional apps in the coming years.

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