Progressive web apps: what to expect?

When it comes to web development, progressive web apps have been a buzzword for some time. But will your business benefit from the PWA path? Find out about the pros and cons of this technology and see how you can benefit from it in 2022.

Progressive web apps are by nature an evolutionary trend. A survey of e-commerce decision makers revealed that 9% of ecommerce businesses plan to invest in progressive web applications (PWAs) in 2021. Research suggests that the financial value of the progressive web applications market will reach a value of $ 10.77 billion by 2027, an annual growth of more than 30% by then.

The main advantage of the PWA design is that it is primarily platform independent. This means that an application can be developed using a single code base and deployed on several different platforms. Platform independence combined with the fact that PWAs are inherently installable makes it easier to deploy an application across multiple platforms. Users can download and install PWAs as they can with any native application, rather than relying on a browser to access them, making the user experience seamless and intuitive. PWAs also enjoy the benefits of modern website design in that they are responsive and lightweight. An added benefit of PWAs as separate web applications is that they are discoverable by search engine indexing.

The major downside to the PWA design is that there are some limitations on platform and hardware support. Because PWAs run in a browser, they don’t have direct access to all of the capabilities of a platform that a native app built using a platform’s SDK would have access to. Some platforms also have limited support for these applications, although support and capabilities are constantly evolving.

However, all major platforms including iOS, Mac, Android, and PC now offer some level of PWA support. Android provides the best support, with iOS and Mac being the most limited. Apple’s tight control over the apps available on its platform is the biggest barrier to PWA adoption on iOS.

Should you be using PWA in 2022 and beyond?

If your product strategy requires rapid market entry and coverage of multiple platforms with a single codebase, PWA may be a choice. Progressive web applications allow start-ups to quickly and easily develop and distribute a progressive web application and have the minimum time and money required to deploy the application when resources are limited. Encouraging new users to revisit the app and engage them with the help of push notifications and in-app banners make PWAs a powerful tool for marketing strategy implementation.

Large enterprises can also benefit from adding value to their users with limited access to high performance platforms or who prefer a simpler and leaner experience. PWA can be a choice for the development of enterprise software related to a single platform selected to benefit from the important native features supported by exactly that platform.

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