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Everything about progressive web apps

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Fast, reliable, and engaging according to Google, progressive web apps (PWAs) have it all. But what are they really worth? We enlighten you.

Created Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Modified Friday 04 October 2019

Having a mobile application at a lower cost is now possible thanks to progressive web apps. But be careful, it depends on the use you plan for your application. In addition to their clearly competitive price, they have many advantages.

What is a progressive web app?

The PWA is an optimized version of a mobile version site that integrates the functionalities of native applications. These are web applications that can be used in the same way as native downloadable applications on Android, iOS, and Windows.

They can be installed from a browser window and available on the phone’s home screen without going through a store.

The advantages of PWAs

“PWAs are universal web applications that deliver the experience of a native application.”

In the documentation on Google PWAs, they are characterized by:


They load instantly and are able to operate (partially) even in the event of limited coverage or if the Internet user is offline (fine cache management, background synchronizations, etc.).


They respond quickly to internet user interactions. Performance is a key point of PWAs, it is essential to integrate performance optimization into all stages of development.


They can be installed, from a website or an application store, and integrate re-engagement mechanisms such as push notifications on mobile.

In addition, today, the creation of mobile interfaces and user experience (UX) occupy a fundamental place in application development projects. PWAs largely meet these needs.

They work faster than a website and have the same operation as a native application (icon on the screen, push notifications, use of phone components).

Progressive Logo design NZ apps can be used on any operating system and any mobile phone format. The installation is done from a browser, it is no longer necessary to go to a store to download them. As web applications do not require downloading, they represent a real space saver for your smartphone! This is because PWAs consume less storage space, but a shortcut icon will still appear on the home screen.

PWAs are accessible offline, that is, users can use them without an internet connection provided by the developer.

One of the main advantages of PWAs is that they are indexed by search engines, so they are highlighted by Google. And thanks to the instructions and best practices provided by the famous search engine, creating a PWA is much easier than developing a mobile application. The development cost is therefore reduced, it is less expensive to develop a progressive web application than a mobile application. Native apps should be developed for all operating systems (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone), so this has an impact on development and maintenance costs. Otherwise, it is also possible to use hybrid / cross-platform applications which are a mix between native and web but which require retouching in the native Android & Ios code.

Rather native applications or PWA?

It all depends on how you use it! Native applications, used by several billion users, are developed for games, 3D engines, high-performance research applications, augmented / virtual reality. As for example with the very recent release of the IKEA Place application which allows viewing in augmented reality several references sold by the Swedish furniture giant.

PWAs are versions of optimized websites. But how do you choose between the two types of applications?

Author Bio:

This is David work as a digital content marketer at mavendigital Mobile App Development Company UAE, Besides that, I love to read and love to play video games and i like to ride a sports bike too.


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