Thursday, 8 March 2018

Progressive Web Apps are the Future of Mobility

There is a trend coming in the web development industry which the top web design and development companies all over the world are noticing. People are increasingly getting progressive web apps developed.

The world is quickly becoming a mobile-first one. Businesses which have realized this fact have already started making a notable presence in the mobility industry. Mobility is the future, and a lot of this future would rely heavily on progressive web apps. Businesses having their own apps as well as those who don’t have their own apps are all looking forward to get themselves a progressive web app.

Progressive web apps are more than just a new frontier waiting to be dug and leveraged for enhancing the experience that an existing native app would provide. They have the potential to make native app development a thing of the past.

What are Progressive Web Apps?

In 2015, Google introduced progressive web apps (or well, at least the idea) to the masses. According to them, these apps would have functionalities and features similar to the native apps. The only difference would be that these apps would have lesser restrictions than the native apps have. Since the quality of native apps is fused with the simplicity of websites, these apps were named Progressive Web Apps.

One could also look at the technology as an extension of the web experience. It performs the way native apps do while being accessed through mobile web browsers. This way, you can ensure that more users are connecting to your app.

In some cases, PWAs have even outperformed native apps when put to use in an effective and efficient manner.

What Makes Progressive Web Apps the Future of Mobility?

One of the biggest problems that the native apps have faced is the needlessly long journey of customer acquisition. Firstly, they have to work hard to let people know that their app exists. Then they have to motivate users to download your app.

The entire process is pretty costly. If we use progressive web apps instead, we wouldn’t need any app store; your users can connect with you using a simple URL link. In this age of fast and reliable internet, the web is as strong as any computer and can support all sorts of computing needs. This is one of the reasons why people are starting to criticize the native apps; native apps are inconsistent and slow.

PWAs can be shared easily with friends, all you have to do is send them the link (which, hopefully, isn’t an overly difficult task). Native apps, on the other hand are difficult to be shared. You can send a link to a native app to your friends, but the chances of them using the app are low since downloading and installing native apps takes a lot of time. Most users don’t even have enough time to spare to install native apps.

Are There Any Famous Progressive Web Apps?

There are plenty! Here are some of the famous progressive web apps:

     AliExpress: The e-commerce giant has its progressive web app which helps it improve retention rates, conversion rates, and visitor re-engagement. The pages load a lot faster than the website would and the animations are as smooth as those of the native apps.
     Flipboard: The news curator uses its PWA to provide users with an experience equivalent to that of a native app. The users don’t miss out on any feature that they would get on the website or the native app.
     Lite Apps: Facebook Lite, Flipkart Lite, Twitter Lite and the other ‘X’ Lite apps are progressive web apps.

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