Progressive Web App, better known simply as a PWA, is probably the most buzzing trend among both businesses and developers today. And it isn’t relatively new either. PWAs have been around for a while but only gained enough momentum to promote its existence. It was mostly overshadowed by a number of other major technological advancements; the likes of AR and VR-powered apps, super-fast programming languages and frameworks etc.
But now, PWAs are getting the welcome they deserve. Many businesses have already started vouching for PWAs and how these progressive web apps granted them many benefits.
Hard to believe?
The long list of businesses that have been sharing insights on PWAs include Instagram, Trivago, Starbucks, MakeMyTrip etc.
That said, people who surf the internet on their mobile devices likely use PWAs on a daily basis; sometimes without even realizing it. This blog lists 5 of the most popular PWAs that we use every day.
Who knew the famous local transportation service provider serves its users with a robust progressive web app?
We may have used the Uber native app but the company has also invested in Uber web – a PWA that offers a great cab-booking experience to users requiring the company’s services on the web. The Uber web feels almost like it’s a mobile app. Furthermore, the PWA can load fast even on slower data networks unlike its app counterpart which requires a stable, moderately fast connection to serve its purpose.
One of the most widely used map services, Google Maps is also a PWA. Not surprising considering the fact that the search engine giant is always looking for new ways to serve its users better. Google designed the Google Maps Go PWA specifically for low-end devices as the app doesn’t demand a lot of device resources. As a matter of fact, the PWA is built for optimized battery usage and network consumption.
Android lovers would certainly be familiar with Google Photos. The popular app also has a PWA version that does almost everything the native app version does. The PWA was meant to serve desktop users who want to organize their photos and albums on bigger, wider screens.
Flipboard is a hugely popular news aggregation platform that curates news, events, topics etc. based on the interests of the users. The magazine brings news, stories and various interesting content from around the globe which can be both read and shared to mobile devices.
If you’ve used Flipboard, you may have noticed its smooth performance despite the sheer variety and quantity of content it handles. One of the reasons for this is that Flipboard is a PWA.
Twitter is a social media giant with a global monthly user base of over 300 million. Despite the fact that most of its users access the platform via mobile devices, Twitter wanted its services to be more accessible to users on other platforms; particularly desktop users. And thus arrived the Twitter Lite PWA. It offers an excellent mobile web experience complemented by silky smooth performance. It loads fast and consumes less memory much to the delight of Twitter lovers.
We are not far from a future where PWAs become a standard for businesses. The faster app-like experience offered by PWAs are attracting more businesses to build PWAs every year. And in 2019, Progressive Web Apps are popping up everywhere on the internet.
If you think it’s time for your business to jump on the PWA bandwagon, you will need assistance from established PWA development experts. AOT can be your best bet when it comes to developing secure and smooth PWAs for your business. Get in touch with us to learn more about how PWAs can be your best online asset.