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What Are Progressive Web Apps and Why Use?

What Are Progressive Web Apps and Why Use?

Progressive Web Apps, PWA, is a development methodology that seeks to transform user experience into mobile and desktop devices, making digital solutions feature native application features, consuming less data, and no need to install.

Today, PWA has taken a greater proportion as a result of initiatives that drive the technique, coming from major technology companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Shortly after Google identified that most sites were being accessed by mobile devices, there was an opportunity to offer functionality similar to that of native apps. And that brought out the PWA, set by Google as reliable, engaging and fast.

And the proposal is just that, to make its users have a better experience with Web Apps and that content can be shared in a more democratic way, being accessible to people with all types of devices and connectivity.

Being considered as the future of Web development, PWA is also cheaper to develop than native applications. Check below what is and why you should pay more attention to building progressive web apps.

And because it seeks to bring this experience to the user, PWAs have some characteristics, listed by Google Developers that are definitive in the construction of its methodology:

  • Progressive: Any user can have access to available content, regardless of the browser he or she is using.
  • Responsive: Has the ability to fit any device: desktop, mobile or tablet.
  • Independent of connectivity: It has technologies that guarantee to the operation of the main functionalities of the application without the necessity of connectivity. It is also optimized to work on poor quality networks.
  • Similar to apps: Browsing and interacting with the user is similar to that of an App, since it uses the same visual and perceptual structure.
  • Current: It is always updated due to a service that runs in the background.
  • Secure: Because of HTTPS (data connection encryption), information shared in a PWA application cannot be tampered with and has little risk of intrusion.
  • Discoverable: Due to the W3C manifest, PWA applications are recognized by search engines as an App, being easily found.
  • Re-enveloping: With features such as push notifications, among others, you can engage with the user and get them interested in using your solution.
  • Installable: While not having to be downloaded to an app store, a PWA ensures that the user can place the app icon on their home screen, behaving similarly to an App after that.

Written by Alice Walker