Stepping into the future: Unveiling the wonders of Progressive Web Apps


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A progressive web app is essentially a mobile app accessed via the web. It mimics a native app, thanks to an app shell enabling app-like interactions. Unlike traditional apps, you don't need to download it from an app store; it operates directly in your browser. Leveraging service workers, it loads swiftly even with weak internet connections. Plus, through pre-caching, it always presents the latest version when opened.

Native apps are specifically designed for mobile devices, whereas PWAs operate within a web browser. While native apps utilise platform-specific programming languages like Objective-C and Swift for iOS and Java for Android, PWAs are crafted using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Perhaps. Recent data from TechCrunch has shown that most users on average download zero apps per month, this means that for a native app to prevail, it must be truly outstanding, a challenging feat for many business apps. Enter PWAs, introduced in 2015 but only recently gaining traction. Big players like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are championing this shift. PWAs offer flexibility, making them the next big thing in mobile.

Major brands are already reaping PWA benefits. Twitter and Starbucks are leading examples. Tinder's PWA, for instance, halved its load times compared to its native counterpart, resulting in more user engagement. 

Moreover, it's accessible on both mobile and desktop. Pinterest's PWA users spend 40% more time on it than on their old mobile site, with ad revenues up by 44% and core engagements by 60%. 

Flipkart's PWA brought back 60% of users who had ditched their native app. Lancôme's PWA reduced page interaction time by 84%, boosting conversions by 17% and mobile sessions on iOS by 53%.

Progressive Web App questions?
Does my business need a progressive web app?

With the surge in mobile device traffic, the demand for progressive apps is growing. Opting for PWAs over traditional websites is a wise choice. It's worth considering for your enterprise, given the myriad of advantages it offers.

What is a service worker in a progressive web app?

When a user initially opens your PWA, its Service Worker gets installed. This Service Worker operates alongside your app and can function even when the app isn't active. Its main role is to handle, alter, and respond to network interactions.