What Powerful solutions Are forward thinking businesses adopting now, and Why?

FOR A TYPICAL BUSINESS TO ADOPT A TECHNOLOGY, THEY MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND WHAT IT DOES AND HOW IT WILL HELP THEM. THIS WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND PROGRESSIVE WEB APPS (PWAs) IN COMPARISON TO OTHER APPS.

What Is A Progressive Web App (PWA)?

Progressive Web Apps utilize ever-adapting software to provide much more efficient accessibility on all mobile devices. They combine the best of both worlds, mobile web with the functionalities you get from downloading a native (traditional) app in the app store.

 

UNDERSTANDING APPS 101

To sum it up with terminology most people will understand, let’s quickly identify the difference in Mobile Web Apps, Native Apps and Hybrid Apps. This will hopefully make it clear why PWAs will take over, and are the future of Apps!

Web apps are web pages that run within a web browser developed with common web scripts, HTML, and Javascript. They are basically “responsive websites”, in that they look and function across all devices in the browser. They do not require custom application coding like native mobile apps and are easier to implement. They don’t do much more than your website does, other than adapt to that of a mobile device.

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Native apps live on the device taking up storage and are accessed through icons on the device home screen. Native apps are installed in an App store (such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store). They are developed specifically for one platform and can take full advantage of all the device features that you can now get with a PWA for a fraction of the cost and without the hassle of downloading it from an App Store.

A few examples: —                        

·       Push Notifications - A POWERFUL way businesses can engage with current & potential customers that works!

·       GPS (Geofencing capabilities) Know when customers are nearby, and this automated tool will encourage them to come.

·       e-commerce - are your clients able to purchase your products/inventory 24/7? They should be...

·       One-Touch Calling and Directions

·      Client booking and scheduling in seconds.

 

Native Apps can also incorporate gestures, use the devices notification system and work offline.

 

Hybrid apps are part native apps, part web apps. (Because of that, many people incorrectly call them “web apps”). Like native apps, they live in an app store and can take advantage of the many device features available. Like web apps, they rely on HTML being rendered in a browser, with the caveat that the browser is embedded within the app.

 

Both Native Apps and Hybrid Apps aren’t something small businesses or organizations typically have budgets for, therefore very few have them. Because of this, many business owners aren’t familiar with the certain terminology, functionalities, and benefits that are now affordable and available to them by adopting a Progressive Web App.

 

UNDERSTANDING HOW PWAs ARE ABLE TO DO THE AMAZING THINGS THAT MAKE THEM SUPERIOR TO OTHER APPS:

Progressive Web Apps fix all the issues with web apps and run separately from an internet connection. With the advantage over Hybrid Apps, these apps run accessible to anyone’s mobile device without the constraints of a web browser.

 HOW DO THEY DO THIS?

 App Shell Model

App Shell is a basic UI or User Interface shell, that provides a content framework in which an app is loaded and saved. This is the major factor behind why when a user returns to the app, the content is cached and does not have to be loaded with the support of internet.

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Service Workers

Service workers are scripts (Javascript files) that run and trigger the different events within the app. The abilities to send push notifications, cache content and operate offline is as a result of these complex service workers. Just like other Javascript coding, common code is used across all PWAs to perform common tasks within the applications.

 

Summary: Native and hybrid apps are installed in an app store, whereas web apps are mobile-optimized webpages that look like an app. Both hybrid and web apps render HTML web pages, but hybrid apps use app-embedded browsers to do that.