Progressive Web Apps (PWA) – What is it and how do you use it?
You do not know what a “Progressive Web App” is?
You probably have used it before. PWA is a term that is currently a big issue for app developers. However, it is often difficult for Internet users to understand exactly how these apps work.
You want to know more about these apps? Then just read on here:
What is a Progressive Web App?
A web app is an application that runs in a browser. You can easily call them through the browser and perform certain tasks in it. This works both from your desktop PC and via your smartphone. For example, you can read / send e-mails or bid at an auction.
The term “Progressive” was coined by Google Chrome technicians in 2015 and really just means “web apps that support the latest browser technology.” The technology behind the Progressive Web App has recently evolved considerably and now offers the following features:
Progressive: The apps work for every user regardless of the browser they use.
Responsive : Optimized for any screen: desktop, smartphone or tablet.
Current: You are always up to date (without manual updates).
Security: The apps run over HTTPS for increased security.
Findable: You can find them through search engines like Google.
Installable: Users can “keep” apps on their home screen without having to visit an app store.
Linkable: They’re easy to divide by URL.
Offline functionality: The apps can be opened offline, without an internet connection.
Caching enables offline availability. This particularly supports users with low-performance devices as well as users with poor Internet connections.
Push Notifications: Notifications are subscribed based on their interests. Push messages about a locality, a club or a company can be selected.
Less disk space: The PWA does not need to be installed. It is added to the smartphone with “Add to home screen” and displayed as an icon. With a single click on the icon PWA (Progressive Web App) is opened and used offline.
Independence: Because the PWA does not need to be installed, both users and operators remain independent of the app stores.
Progressive Web Apps – The Future of the Internet?
For users of mobile websites, the performance and ease of use is sometimes much worse than on the desktop. Native mobile apps have partially solved this problem in the past. But they were and still are elaborate in development and platform-bound. With Progressive Web Apps (PWA), technology is now available to unite the best of all worlds.
Most users favor responsive websites on smartphones and other devices in everyday life. As a result, Google has recently favored the term “mobile first”. Performance and load times also play a role in the Google ranking. Progressive web apps are indexed by Google like traditional websites and displayed in search results. This also benefits the SEO value of a website through the PWA technology. However, mobile sites are still very slow in building each page. This is due to the still very poor broadband connections in some areas, especially within buildings, in elevators, the subway or on the train.
This is where the PWA comes in: You cache content. These do not always have to be reloaded. The faster access to data via the operating system ensures an improved user experience. iOS currently needs a permanent real-time internet connection. PWA via Android also works in offline mode.
PWA is currently the future of mobile use on systems such as tablets and smartphones.