Why you don’t need a native app

  • Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we had an app!?
  • Yeah! We can just use a Progressive Web App.

Native apps are cool, but they come with a lot of caveats.

  • You need a specialist developer for each platform you want your app on, as they use proprietary coding languages.
  • A rigorous process is required to get listed in the App Store and/or Play Store
  • You are at the mercy of the App Store / Play Store’s terms & conditions as well as their search ranking for your app

Progressive Web Apps are blazingly fast, work offline and they’re cross-platform. PWAs are available for everyone, anywhere, on any device.

A Progressive Web App uses the technologies of the web to make an application that is installable on Android, iOS, and Windows. With a bit of know-how, you can make virtually any website you see today into an app, or have one custom built by a web developer for a much cheaper price compared to a native app. Progressive Web Apps utilize built-in caching to make them load insanely quickly. This has the added benefit of them working offline. Notifications are easy to implement. There are some limitations, such as not all of a phone’s features can be accessed… yet. A rigorous process is involved in getting an app listed in either the App Store or Play Store. However, users can easily download your app from within their browser.

After switching to a PWA, Twitter saw a 65% increase in pages per session, 75% more Tweets, and a 20% decrease in bounce rate, all while reducing the size of their app by over 97%.

For more in-depth reading we recommend web.dev.

Contact us today to get a quote for a Progressive Web App of your own that is blazingly fast, works offline and cross-platform.