We have entered the mobile-first world, and there is no going back now. The smart mobility we use today will get advanced, but it will exist forever. Businesses know that. Many are still discovering but, almost all of them have learned that mobility is the future.
But the future of mobility seems to rely on Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Businesses, which already own apps and the mobile app developers, who build apps for businesses, both are now looking towards the progressive web apps and surmising the possible impact of this new app experience and, what changes it will bring in to the world.
Most of the businesses, which already own native mobile apps, are now also looking at PWAs, but of course, quite watchfully. Experts say that Progressive Web Apps aren’t just acting as the new frontier to be dug into and leveraged to enhance the experience delivered by an existing app, but they have potential to elbow native apps out of the attention.
These experts have also said that companies, which have invested in the native mobile app development with the thought that they have invested for long a time, haven’t really invested for a long time.
Many companies, which are new to the mobile technology or have not yet invested in mobile apps, are now looking at the Progressive Web Apps because these apps are coming out as an easier and the more affordable alternative to develop the desired app experience.
So what exactly a Progressive web app is?
It’s Google, which introduced the idea of progressive web apps to the global mobile app developer community in 2015. The company said that PWAs will remove some of the restrictions on native apps but still, the functionalities and features of these apps would be as similar as of native apps. They termed the approach as ‘progressive web app’ because they have the best qualities of native apps with the simplicity of the web.
So the progressive web app technology is nothing but the web based app experience. It can perform as similar as a native app does and can also be accessed via mobile web browsers, too. This way, more users can connect to the app, without compromising in features and functionality. In many instances, PWAs has been noticed to function better than their native apps.
Why do progressive web apps fit in the future of mobility?
The most vital advantages of PWAs are the most notable downfalls of native apps. Particularly, it has always been quite hard to connected users to a native app. Users have to be made informed that the app exists. Then users have to download the app to their devices. At a business end, the app has to be built through a long development process and then published to stores. This is needlessly a long journey. Of course, the entire process is costlier, too.
Progressive web apps do not need any sort of app store. Companies and businesses can connect their users just with simple URL links. Many experts say that the app based mobility is like pushing things in past when people needed installing apps in their PC because the web was slow and inconsistence. But in current scenario, why there should be the need of downloading software natively in a device while the pure web is already enough powerful to support almost all sorts of computing.
PWAs are easy to share as users can easily share the same link to their friends. This has been one big issue with native apps. They cannot easily be shared. People love sharing on the internet culture but native apps just do not let them do that easily. Can you imagine the success of social media platforms without share-ability?
James is a digital marketing expert in Rapidsoft technologies, a prominent mobile app development company which provides iOS and android app development services across the global. She loves to write on latest mobile trends, mobile technologies, startups and enterprises