The future of Progressive Web Apps has arrived because they do the two things that matter the most to users; they provide an awesome experience and work even when network connectivity is poor.
PWAs are on the rise
PWAs have been receiving the attention they deserve. For example, when Twitter launched a PWA last year, as a result, the social media giant gained a 65% increase in pages per session, a 75% increase in Tweets.
Google’a case study last year, quoted Nicolas Gallagher, the Lead Engineer for Twitter Lite: “Twitter Lite is now the fastest, least expensive, and most reliable way to use Twitter”. and said “The web app advantage is that it rivals the performance of our native apps but requires less than 3 percent of the device storage space compared to Twitter for Android.”
PWAs are set to take over the world. But what is a PWA? It’s a mobile app that works from any web browser that does not require installation. Click here for more info.
A major benefit is that PWAs provide a full screen experience and they look and feel a regular mobile app – with an icon neatly sitting on your home screen and push-notification capabilities.
Thanks to the help from ‘service workers’, developed by Google and Apple soon to follow, PWAs work even if users are on poor quality networks. What is a service worker, click here.
Given the growing demand, web browsers such as Apple’s Safari and Firefox Mozilla, even Microsoft have announced support for PWAs, which is important to secure the future of web apps as a compliment or alternative to apps.
Do you need PWA?
The Internet and Google are of the opinion that you need PWAs to make customer life easier and the Google case study on Twitter Lite showed amazing results, and you’re sure to provide a better experience if your business offers a PWA.
PWAs are usually inexpensive to build and in our case working with The App Office we can do both to cover native app lovers and those that are happy with a web app sitting on their home screen.