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Progressive Web Apps: The Future of Mobile App design

Omji Mehrotra By Omji Mehrotra | August 13, 2019
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Let’s start with a question- how to target desktop users and mobile users alike without maintaining and developing a mobile app for both the platform(Android and iOS) while also concerning about responsive website. 

To crack this question, businesses have three choices for targeting a large number of audiences- build a responsive website, develop a native application or go ahead with PWAs( Progressive Web Apps). Choosing the last option can provide you dual advantages.  

Why?

Because Progressive Web Apps are quite famous in the app development community. A few years back, developers were required to develop separate apps for desktop as well as for mobile devices. But with the passage of time and advancement in technology, the situation has been changed and responsive web design came into existence. 

But what is PWA? And what are things you should know about it?

Introduced by Google back in 2015, PWA is the short form of Progressive Web Apps. 

Progressive Web Applications are the type of mobile app delivered with the help of the web. These apps are built using some common technologies like CSS, JavaScript, HTML.

According to Google Developer Advocate Pete LePage, the “Progressive” part can be explained as “ as the user progressively builds a connection with the app over time, it becomes more strong and powerful”.

Do note that Progressive Web Apps are still websites, the difference lies in the feel and looks compared to web apps. Progressive Web Apps look and feel like the basic application, this means that users can browse the apps on their browsers by using a URL. After landing on the PWA page, they will get the same mobile app-like experience right on their browser.

Look, feel and experience are the same with an added bonus and that is- there is no need to download PWAs. So, no need to worry about the mobile space now.

Meanwhile, the label of “app” being attached to PWA does not mean it is limited to a mobile phone only, it can be implemented on the desktop as well.

Hence, Progressive Web Apps can support the following features like:

Progressive Web Apps Features

Moreover, there are a few brands showing the popularity and effectiveness of PWA in the market-

SOURCE ( Tinder , Uber’s, Ele.me, Pinterest , West Elm’s, Trivago, BookMyShow’s, Flipkart’s , Forbes’s, Twitter Lite, Infobae’s )

To understand PWA all the more, there are components which when together combines defines PWA-

Three Components Of PWA

Manifest

In PWAs, the web manifest comes up with a JSON file that provides you and the developer a centralized place to put all the information about the app. The JSON file includes PWA name, its icon, information, description among other things.

Service workers

Service Workers brings the best of both web ad mobile to PWAs. Service Workers lies between the device and the network and supplies content by managing HTTP requests programmatically. 

They manage intelligent and reliable caching along with maintaining background sync and push notifications while enabling offline browsing of previously visited sites. 

Application Shell Architecture

App Shell is basically an architectural approach that is used for quick loading.

Technically, it is a caching mechanism in which the UI is stored as a static frame, the frame on which the content can be progressively loaded. The whole process makes the users engage with the application despite varying degrees of web connectivity.  

How do Progressive Web Apps work?

How do PWA Work

To this, let us check the advantages of PWA to know how the concept is helping businesses across the globe.

Amazing Benefits of Progressive Web Apps

Amazing Benefits of Progressive Web Apps

Responsive

No doubt, Progressive Web Apps are highly responsive. They adjust automatically as per the device layout. No matter, if you are carrying a tablet, mobile, desktop or laptop, PWAs will fit every device flawlessly.

Reliable

When the network is bad, Progressive Web Apps wins the race by being accessible offline too through a service worker. 

Just like Native AppsThere is one thing common between Native apps and PWAs and that is the look and feel. While using the application, users will not be able to figure out key differences between Progressive Web Apps and native apps.

PWAs exactly feels and looks like a native app along with providing similar features like integration with the system, push notification, display icon on the home screen and many more.

Easy installation

It is such a pain to install the bulky applications from the app store but with PWA, the user can install the app with just one tap.

Less weight

Even after carrying loads of features and functionality, PWAs are extremely lightweight as compared to native applications. 

For example, Pinterest’s PWA is just 150KB compared to its Android and iOS app weighing around 9.6MB and 56MB respectively.

Comparing PWA with Native Apps

Easy updates

As the app store is not the mediator, PWAs can get updates more frequently and smoothly. This means users can enjoy the updated apps as soon as you update them.

Work evenly

As compared to regular applications that are very demanding on operating systems and the technical capabilities of various devices, PWAs work flawlessly everywhere.

Various consumers can get a uniform user experience with a single PWA on different endpoints. 

Push notifications

Similar to native mobile applications, PWAs also have access to device-specific functionality like push notifications.

With the help of easy push notifications, companies can advertise their product way more easily and efficiently.

Strengthening security

Progressive Web Apps rely on HTTPS for providing data safety while minimizing the risk of security issues. 

Improved performance

Compared to the advantages of Web application and native apps, Progressive Web Apps work significantly faster due to underlying technology caches and serves text, images, stylesheets and other content available on the website. 

As it is all about PWA, it is the right time to see how PWAs are better than Native applications-

How PWAs are Better than Native apps

Cross-platform

Since PWA is browser-based and not OS-based, the former can be accessed via any mobile platform be it iOS, Android or Windows.

Up-to-date

When there is a comparison between Progressive web apps vs native, updates and changes that are made to PWA will take effect immediately compared to native apps.

Index

No matter, how amazing PWAs are, they are still be called web apps. And this is the reason, their content can be indexed and discoverable on search engines like Google opening great opportunities for SEO.

Low development cost

One of the most interesting things about PWAs is that the apps do not require different versions for various devices. 

A single Progressive app is enough to meet the requirements of all the endpoints on which it operates. Apart from that, it also reduces the efforts made by the developers along with reducing the cost to create a PWA. Carry forwarding more about PWAs, let us check out the tools and frameworks required for Progressive Web Apps-

Tools and framework for Progressive Web Apps

Tools and Framework used for Building PWA

AngularJS

AngularJS is the most popular, robust, cutting edge and transformative JavaScript framework for developing PWAs on the client-side. Angular makes it easy for developers to bring in various functionalities to both web and mobile apps.

ReactJS

Maintained by Facebook and other independent developers and organizations, ReactJS is a JavaScript library that you use for creating UI for PWAs and for rendering its UI components.

Ionic

This open-source hybrid tool helps developers manipulate the code structure to come up with various features and improvisations to the PWA they wish to create. 

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

With AMPs, the pages render very quickly, and this makes it incredibly fast and seamless user experience. With a PWA, the starting trouble is significant, and their first load is challenged by the Service Worker, which is chugging along on the side to ensure that the content is downloaded from the cache. 

These are some of the top frameworks for building your Progressive Web Apps and tools required. However, there are many others on the list for developing PWAs. 

Hence before going ahead with developing PWAs for your business, make sure you are done with the above-mentioned points to understand why Progressive Web Apps are the future of Web and app development.

Attending everything, it seems the Progressive Web App’s future is obviously glorious in the app development industry without any doubt. In the future, e-commerce sites, restaurants, and media sources will shift from native app to Progressive Web App. 

Meanwhile, if you are still confused about What are Progressive Web Applications and Why build a PWA, we will guide you. Get in touch with us today!

FAQ

What is a Progressive Web App?

Progressive Web Applications are the type of mobile app delivered with the help of the web. These apps are built using some common technologies including CSS, JavaScript, HTML, etc that can work on platforms based on the standards-compliant browser.

Is Progressive Web App the future?

Yes, PWAs have the potential to become the future of app development industry due to many reasons like-
1. They are Responsive
2. They are Reliable
3. They work like Native Apps
4. They are easy to install
5. They carry less weight
6. Updates can be made easily
7. They work evenly
8. Push notifications
9. They strengthen security
10.Improved performance

Will Progressive Web Apps replace Native Apps?

Native apps carry their importance, functionality and plus points and on the other hand, PWAs are carrying great potential to overpower Native apps.

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Co-Founder and AVP Technology at Appventurez. An accomplished Android and React Native developer who is a fan of clean and optimized code, he is a passionate team builder having smart project managerial skills and has a deep love to provide end to end solution.

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