Progressive web apps (PWAs) are ready to overthrow their native apps from their throne, shortly successors, from the strongest pyramid for mobile app growth strategies. In other words, your younger and better-looking sibling is taking over via native apps. That said, if your company has already invested in the growth of a native mobile app, don’t start tearing your hair out.
Your cash has not gone to ruin. From getting a downloadable native app, there’s still considerable value to achieve. Mobile applications are going to reach a hybrid era, regardless of breed, where customers expect both a native app interface and a progressive web app.
However, the future beyond that time points towards a landscape dominated by the PWA. We’ll take a look at ten reasons why PWAs are better than native apps in this discussion and create a better app-like experience for clients.
10 ways how progressive web apps will replace native apps
World is increasingly using mobile
At first thought, this may seem like a win for the native app column, particularly when you realize that 87 percent of the average time an average user spends on their mobile device is spent on native apps. But, we still hurtle towards the fatigue of the app. In the industry, there are so many applications
Web developers slammed the markets with applications to satisfy this demand as more and more people turned to browsing and using their mobile devices. With the amount of icons and applications that they can enable to populate the home screens of their mobile devices, many users are approaching critical mass.
Search algorithms will favor mobile soon
Google revealed that it would change its search engine indexing algorithms to mobile-first indexing by the end of 2016. This move is predicted to occur in 2018 and will mean that before its desktop website, Google will search for a company’s mobile website or experience. You’d have a hard time finding better proof than that of a mobile future.
For businesses with PWAs, this move is huge because it means that Google and other search engines will soon be able to discover your app-like experience. This is a privilege that won’t be able to compete with even native software.
Fewer clicks means better usability
Search engines are only one way for users to connect to your PWA. There has always been a crucial advantage of these web-based applications over native apps: compatibility. Think about how many measures are involved in uploading to your mobile device a native app. You need to enter the app market of your device, check the app, download the app, accept permissions, and so forth.
Each move is an opportunity for the would-be consumer to decide that it’s not worth it. On the other hand, the moment a user learns of its existence, by accessing the experience via a URL connection, PWAs are available.
“People like to share the latest “new” stuff they have found, read about, bought, tasted, touched, etc. That’s why any social media site ever has a sharing feature to make it huge, and why there are options at the bottom of the page to share this blog post. People want to share apps too, but the lack of usability of native apps has made this difficult.
You can’t just give a native app to somebody. You should only tell your closest friends to try it out; it is then up with them to visit the app store and see what the app is all about for themselves.
Compared with their native counterparts, PWAs are special because they can be accessed via a simple URL connection. This implies that it is as simple as linking anyone to a news article to share a PWA experience.
Enable over more platforms
Some other drawback to the discoverability of native apps is that not all apps run across multiple platforms. If your friend has an Apple device and you have a Samsung, since the language on their Apple devices is different, there is no guarantee they will get the same software that you enjoy on your Android-powered device.
As they need a native programming language, native apps get their name. This limits the kinds of devices that can “read” the app and allow it to run.
Progressive web apps are special because they do not need any language to read for download or programming. It’s all focused on the internet. Thus, you can not only share a PWA experience quickly, but there is a much greater assurance that the user will be able to navigate the website like the app.
Limited space required
PWAs do not need any kind of downloading; in their mobile web browser, a user can access the entire experience. Missing storage is part of the app exhaustion that many smartphone users face.
We build storage needs faster between the applications we download, pictures/videos we take, documents we save, and any other thing that exists within our mobile devices than the current smartphone models can keep up with.
It’s not going to be a hard decision for them if a potential user has to decide between installing your app or having picture #3,047 of their cat and an auto-tuned version of Beyonce’s Single Ladies saved on their computer.
You can save a URL shortcut to your home screen if you want to “download” a PWA. This works on your home screen just like every other symbol for an app. It accesses your favourite smartphone browser when pushed and takes you to the PWA’s URL. It takes much less space to store a URL connection than to download a whole native app.
Quick load times
Once a native app has been downloaded on a mobile device and the user has committed to the entire download process successfully, the waiting is not over yet. Based on the size and robustness of the app, the load time of native apps can differ. Yet, any wait is a long wait, particularly for anything to access and download that you’ve already waited for.
Once more, progressive web applications have the edge; they load in around the time it takes to load a website, which is only a moment or two for an average internet connection. For companies, this means that clients never have to wait to access the experience of your app.
Cheaper to make, easier to maintain
The pace and ease with which a PWA can be produced implies lower costs. For smaller companies that have been kept out of the mobile development game because of the costs of developing a native application, this is excellent news. For both consumers and developers, progressive mobile apps are often easier to manage.
Users do not have to upgrade their app repeatedly in order to get the new features; the moment the developers publish them, changes are automatically added to the web-based experience. The developers of PWAs have much less time to create each update or provide the app with general maintenance.
The future is progressive mobile applications
Knowing that people are not interested in installing native apps, the native app delivery giants have tilted towards PWA, Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Individuals have gotten ample native applications. When compared to their native apps, social media apps found a longer online session with their users through their PWA.
PWA’s still give plenty of value
PWAs are lacking in one major category, as described earlier: results. Native apps are able to do more and deliver more than web apps that are progressive. That said, don’t rule out the more nimble PWA from the feature count.
Firstly, there are a number of PWAs already: push alerts, loyalty programmer based on smartphones, location-based services and messages, even social games and other media. Second, PWA’s are relatively new; major advances are still ongoing and there is much yet to be learned regarding web-based app capabilities.
It is not difficult to imagine a future where the output difference between PWAs and native apps is far smaller than it is today. However, even if such a future is never changed, within a PWA environment, most companies will satisfy all of their app needs.
The response is simple if you’re a company looking to join the mobile app space and you’re trying to decide between creating a PWA or native apps. PWAs already have lots of value and far, far more to come in the future. Unless there are a lot of deep, advanced features in your software, a native app is just not worth it.
They not only cost a lot of time and money to grow, but encouraging downloads is also becoming more and more difficult. The difficulty is only going to increase as PWAs gain popularity. Without coding with an app creator, you can also easily create and launch PWAs.
Put simply, the next iteration of the app experience is PWAs, and they can succeed where native apps have struggled to access, distribute and create more easily, while also retaining the same level of value that consumers of native apps have enjoyed for a long time.