Progressive Web App
Just recently after a workshop I heard this word Progressive Web Apps. I was really stunned since honestly I am frequent application user. I have got so many apps in my list that I often run out of memory. So, what are Progressive Web Apps then and why am I linking it with native applications.A Progressive Web App (PWA) is a web app that uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users. These apps meet certain requirements are deployed to servers, accessible through URLs, and indexed by search engines.
That means these are those apps which as per their behavior works as native apps but their development is quite different from native applications. If we go through the features then these apps are quite more flexible then native apps. Similarly these apps are:
Reliable:They are not dependent on the network conditions , they load instantly a even in uncertain network conditions what makes them more reliable.
Fast:Are fast and quick responsive to user interactions without unnecessary hangups.
Available Offline:Allow users to “keep” apps they find most useful on their home screen without the hassle of an app store as well as can work even you are out of internet.
These are some features that makes Progressive web app so in trend.
But the question again arises that is Why build a Progressive Web App?
1)When the Progressive Web App criteria are met, Chrome prompts users to add the Progressive Web App to their home screen.
2)Web push notifications helped eXtra Electronics increase engagement by 4X. And those users spend twice as much time on the site.
3)Service workers enabled Konga to send 63% less data for initial page loads, and 84% less data to complete the first transaction!
4)The ability to deliver an amazing user experience helped AliExpress improve conversions for new users across all browsers by 104% and on iOS by 82%.
So now this makes a developer more inclined towards PWAs rather than native apps. But whenever you make you mind to get into the development you must be ready with the checklist. You can also refer to some wonderful videos and tutorials available that provides you clear understanding. My personal favorite is tutorial by Code labs Google Follow up.
You must check out if you are really interested in developing Progressive web apps.