What are progressive web apps

Progressive Web Apps are really quick in the way that they work. They have built-in intelligence that is able to record user’s habits and actions when using the app and can, therefore, deliver a more personalized experience for those returning and using the app often.

This also helps them generate another benefit, push notifications. By building a relationship with the user, the app can then deliver notifications based on their previous activity. This makes it easy for users to then re-engage.

The engineers are referring the progressive web apps to be the future of web development and here we will tell you five reasons, why the app is so important.

A Smooth user experience

User experience forms a critical part when it comes to app development. No one really wants to watch a website or app, loading, and loading. People look for responsive pages and fast streaming. So, with these progressive web development apps, the users will acquire the app like experience, when they visit through browsers. When they come back, the page loads instantly. Slow networks are no more reasons to worry about user experience.

Offline Access

Service workers are the backbone of progressive web applications. These authorize content caching, push notifications, background updates and a very important one- offline functionality. This service enables workers offline access to previously visited websites. More and more companies are adhering to the progressive web apps, just because of this amazing offline feature. The service workers are autonomous of the app and respond directly to push notifications, connectivity changes, and network requests.

Speedy and efficient site

‘Service Workers’ is basically an event driven script having access to domain-wide events and the browser runs it in the background, separates the web page and make those features accessible which do not really need user interaction. It is the script which allows loading data instantly, even when the network is slow.

Beneficial for both the user and the developer

The regular things that a user does are visit the app store, look for the app and then installs it. This, in turn, consumes memory of the device. But, with PWA the user no more needs to visit the app store or install it. For the developers too, PWA is beneficial as they do not have to make mobile apps for play stores and then wait for either approval or rejection, followed by bug fixes.

Extensive user engagement

The progressive web app featured websites holds a choice called ‘Allow’ for the users to click so that it can send notifications. This enables the website to send you notifications and updates when you are away. If you are thinking, have you ever come across an app like this? Well, yes you have! Google Chrome has this option added to its function, which reads ‘Add to home Screen’. The benefit of this is that by a single tap, you can add the website to your homepage and due to the link adding the feature of PWA, the app will get cached and you will be able to directly go from the home screen to the app.

Progressive web apps being a new technology, cross-browser support is still limited, especially in Safari and Edge. Still, progressive web apps lift up the web browsing experience beyond native apps and responsive web design. For businesses, Progressive Web Apps is useful in creating a better user experience and customer engagement.

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