What is a Progressive Web App?
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are a hybrid of a responsive website and a mobile app.
PWAs are defined by Google as web experiences that are:
- Reliable - Load immediately and never show a website as unavailable, even in unstable network conditions.
- Quick - Respond to user interactions swiftly with silky smooth animations and no janky scrolling.
- Engaging - Appear to be a natural app on the device, with a rich user experience.
This leads us to some questions for business owners trying to decide what's best for your company: how do progressive web apps really compare to native apps?'
PWAs are great to give a better experience to web visitors. But if you want to send push notifications across iOS and Android, if you want to be on the app stores and give your users the experience they want from a mobile app, they might fall short of expectations.
Progressive web apps include Pinterest and Twitter. When you access those websites through your mobile web browser, it will automatically display an app-like interface with some mobile app capabilities such as real-time updates or offline notifications.