2018 will be the breakout year for PWAs – as web browser-based applications that take on similar characteristics of native mobile apps and are expected to make a big splash this year, as Apple will begin to ship core features of PWA in its web browser engine.
PWA has been a Google conception — mostly as a solo act — since 2015, and even though it has become a web standard, it still needs that extra momentum to convince developers to use it, but with Apple in the game, developers will get off the sidelines, and reach for the next buzz and many businesses will inevitably adopt PWA as some have already, such as Uber, Starbucks and Virgin.
Progress Web Apps is a term that represents different specifications advancing independently but collectively. Two of the key technologies behind PWAs are Service Workers and Web App Manifest. Service Workers give developers the ability to manually manage the caching of assets and control the experience when there is no network connectivity. Now browsers can give users the choice to install the web app on their home screen.
The point of PWAs is to create an experience that works regardless of network connectivity. HTLM5 was the first big wave of new APIs, and now PWA is the next wave of pushing the web forward, such as web payments and push notifications. See full article here.