December 21, 2019 - BY Admin

Is a Progressive Web App the Future of Multi-Platform Mobile Development?

Businesses have two ways to gain mobile presence, by investing in native apps or a progressive Web App. The difference between a native app and a progressive web app (PWA) is in the way users access them. For instance, progressive web apps are delivered through the web and are accessible for multiple platforms. They are created by using a certain programming language, such as HTML, Javascript, or CSS. 

Native apps need to be downloaded from an app store and added to the screen on the mobile device. When you create native apps, choosing the framework React Native for platform mobile app development will make them available on both Android and iOS. The progressive web app is the future in cross-platform development due to the similarity with native apps experience, but no need to install it through the app stores. 

The progressive web app approach is somewhere between mobile apps and mobile websites. These web apps can run within a browser. PWAs are available and can be opened by almost any device, desktop, or mobile. The PWA cross platform development tools and technologies that are used to build apps are HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JS frameworks such as Vue or Angular. A great example of PWAs are Twitter Lite and Uber. 

How do Progressive Web Applications Work?

The progressive web application development is done on service workers in JavaScript. The needs and tasks of service workers are defined beforehand and kept separately as a script. As a result, there is a proper configuration of the elements, so the PWA can load content even before the user clicks on the URL link. 

These apps will automatically cache in the background, which later on enables working while offline. There also aren’t any delays when it comes to calling a different web page. When the progressive web app is launched there has to be an application shell that will adjust the view according to the device that is viewing it. The application shell is also responsible for making sure that the design, look, and appeal are very similar to a native application.