Over the previous months, discussions around Progressive Web Apps have grown and flourished in the media since more and more companies and businesses started to enable them. PWAs utilize innovative capabilities to provide native app-like and fast web experience to users requiring no downloads and application stores. These applications are indexed by search engines, deployed to servers, meet certain requirements, and can be accessible through URLs. PWAs combine established practices with innovations, new technologies, and convenient opt-in installation flow to create engaging, accessible, and reliable user experiences. In this article, we will shed a light on what are PWAs, what can they offer, and why build a PWA.
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What is a PWA?
Progressive web application is a web app that loads and works just like any regular site or web page. At the same time, it is progressively enhanced and offers the functionality typically available only to native mobile apps, such as device hardware access, launch-from-homescreen installation, push notifications, and the ability to work in difficult network conditions or offline. PWAs combine the features of native mobile apps with flexibility of web apps.