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Progressive Web Apps: Introduction, Difference, Features

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are the newest trend in web-based mobile application development. It’s not a revolutionary new technology, but rather a new word for a collection of technologies aimed at improving the user experience of web-based applications. They are apps that are built on technologies like regular websites but are perceived as full-fledged native apps. There’s a strong chance they’ll eventually supersede native and hybrid apps. In contrast to hybrid apps, they are extremely quick, and unlike native apps, they share a single code base across platforms.


What is a Progressive Web App?
A Progressive Web App is a type of web app that may be used as both a web page and a mobile app. They are very robust and can work on any browser whether iOS or Android.

The general concept of Progressive Web Apps is simple to grasp. They are web apps that look and operate like conventional web pages and are created in web technologies (JavaScript, CSS, HTML). Web applications, for example, are more detectable than native apps; visiting a website is easier and faster than installing an app, and you can easily share web apps by emailing a link. They are linkable and visible in search engine results, but they have identical functionality to native mobile apps: they work offline, provide push notifications, and utilize device hardware in the same way that native apps do.

PWAs aren’t made with just one type of technology. They represent a new approach to web app development that includes certain patterns, APIs, and other features. It’s not always clear whether a web app is a PWA at first sight. When an app fits particular criteria or implements a set of specific features, such as working offline, being installable, being simple to synchronize, and being able to deliver push notifications, it is deemed a PWA. PWAs are developed by meeting the majority of the standards outlined in Google’s checklist, after which they are quick, dependable, and engaging.


Basic difference between Native Apps, Hybrid Apps, and PWA.

Native apps are created with the platform’s programming languages and/or tools (i.e. iOS or Android). They are installed from an app store and run straight on the device (desktop or mobile) without the use of a browser.

Hybrid Apps are so-called because they’re constructed using web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), but they also provide you access to platform features that a browser can’t.

Progressive Web Apps are websites that load instantaneously on any connection, whether you’re online or offline. They’re made to work on any device, but they only provide you access to the platform capabilities that browsers provide.


Features of Progressive Web Apps:


Fundamental Characteristics

Offering these capabilities and utilizing all of the benefits that web applications provide can result in a compelling, highly versatile offering for your users and clients.


Companies using it


Is it for your business?
Is it necessary for every firm to develop a Progressive Web App? Certainly not. Consider your business needs and, more significantly, the needs of your end-users, just like you would with any other business choice. Do they make use of mobile apps? Do they have reliable Internet access? What is their method of accessing your website and from whence do they get it? Will a PWA help them in their careers or daily lives? Will PWAs be beneficial to users or provide a solution? Although it is simple to create PWAs, this does not automatically imply that you should. Consider not having a PWA if your users won’t benefit from it or if constructing one isn’t cost-effective.


Progressive Web Apps, pioneered by Google, joyfully embraced by Microsoft, and reluctantly adopted by Apple, are rapidly getting popular among the world’s leading online technology companies. Companies like Pinterest, Aliexpress, Trivago, OLX, and Forbes, which have already put PWA technology to the test to increase user engagement, have proven that it is the ideal solution to the mobile world’s difficulties. PWAs, in my opinion, are really valuable and can enable people who access the internet via mobile devices to have a better experience.


Startxlabs, one of India’s top digital transformation service providers. Launched in 2014, Startxlabs aims in innovating a digital future by developing technology for the web and mobile platforms. From our beginning as a technology development company, we’ve tried to stay true to our core beliefs and to deliver exceptional services to our clients. Whether it’s people we work for or people who work for us, we value honesty, passion, and the desire to explore. We have expertise in website development, android app development, iOS app development, Flutter, React Native app development, UI/UX design, and marketing strategy. With the engagement of our highly technical team, we have delivered over 110+ projects providing a positive impact on the users.

Author: Vaishnavi Mall

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