Nowadays, users tend to prefer mobile apps instead of websites because they are so convenient. Progressive web applications provide a great user experience by combining the look of a mobile app with the efficiency of a website. The design of a PWA is similar to that of a native application; they are fast, responsive, and can support database interactions and data automation.
To install a PWA, users can download the app directly onto their device from a website without visiting GooglePlay or the AppStore. A PWA has its own icon on phones just like a mobile app.
To create a progressive web application on your screen, you just need to take the following steps:
- Open the desirable platform/website
- Push the button "add to the homescreen"
- Use the application
Unlike apps that depend on operating systems, progressive web applications can work everywhere. A single application can satisfy the needs of many users and provide the same user experience on various devices. Moreover, they are adaptable to different formats and screen sizes: desktop, mobile, tablet, etc.
Despite all the benefits of progressive web apps, there are several limitations:
1. Limited Functionality on the iOS platform. Unlike on Android platforms, PWAs don't yet work with Face ID and Touch ID, Siri, ARKit, In-App payments, or Apple's other primary features.
2. Drains battery power. PWAs are written in high-level web code, which explains why they consume more battery than native apps. This means that users who notice a drain on their battery power are less likely to use this kind of app if they need to prolong their battery life.