PWA vs. Native Apps: Feature Checklist — TechSketcher

What is a PWA?

What are Native Apps?

Native vs. PWA: How are PWA and Native Apps different?

PWA vs. Hybrid: What is the difference between PWA and the Hybrid app?

Native vs. Hybrid vs. Open Web Apps: What is the difference between Native, Hybrid, and Open Web Apps?

Benefits of PWA Development for Developers: Why do developers prefer is PWA over Native Apps?

  • Time: You’ll require dedicated development teams to develop Native applications for launching on Android and iOS Stores. Each one requires update and maintenance according to the supported version, respective programming language, overall purpose, complexity, and a great deal of time and money. Plus, the app store and play store approval take time. Progressive web apps are faster to build and deliver to the market as it is a website which is accessible as mobile application.
  • Platform/Device: Native Apps are coded to be installed on smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices, specific to the operating system and hardware of the device — mobile or computer. Progressive Web Applications (PWA) are websites dressed as mobile apps that work well on a website browser or are installed directly onto the device and accessed like a native app.
  • Faster and Easier to Access: A PWA uses CSS, JavaScript, and HTML while native apps are developed with the programming language for Android and Swift or Objective-C for iOS. This makes A PWA much faster and easier because you need to develop only one version that runs seamlessly across any mobile device’s web browser.
  • Responsive: Native apps are not necessarily responsive across different devices and screen sizes. It is when you will require building a suitable version for each device you plan to support. A PWA is a website and is powered by your browser. This makes it responsive and adaptable to work across many devices.
  • Money: Depending upon the purpose and complexity of the app, Native Apps require a great deal of time and money. In contrast to this, progressive web applications are required to be coded once, and the same app runs across web browsers and mobile platforms. This scalability of PWA is significantly cheaper to develop in comparison to building a native app.
  • SEO & Discoverability: Content of Native applications cannot be listed in SERPs, as they cannot be indexed. Although app stores provide an app “listing” page that can be indexed, they offer limited flexibility on the content of the listing page. PWA’s can get indexed by a search engine. These rank in a similar way as normal websites. This makes PWA’s more discoverable.
  • Security: PWA’s are more secure as compared to normal websites because they have to run with HTTPS. This protocol ensures that there are no exchanges between server and client. If you offer a secure environment, you can ensure that customers will be willing to share their details. But if it is a native application, you can infuse different security measures. If your app requires login, multi-factor authentication can be implemented to ensure security. And common users tend to trust an app found on a web store more as they pass through the store’s security requirements before they get published.

Benefits of PWA for Users: Why do users find PWA’s more insightful?

  • PWA’s do not require any installation, while Native Apps require normal installation.
  • PWA’s are always up-to-date, they do not require any manual updating. Another way round, native applications require updating to adjust bug fixes, security flaws, and to offer a good overall experience to the users.
  • PWA’s load much faster. It makes it easier to manage requests, prefetch, cache responses, synchronize data. Once users add it to the home screen, you can load it up instantly and can even use it offline or in poor network conditions.
  • PWA’s often show signs of latency, as it runs from a browser. It may consume more battery. Native apps are OS-specific, offer a better experience, code is faster and is more powerful.
  • PWA’s work in offline mode or under the weakest network conditions. The connected pages show whatever pre-cached information is available. Service Workers — JavaScript components trigger this functionality to manage the requests or the transactions between a server and the user. While a native application shows content and functionality that was cached when a connection was present. This is possible through local data storage and cloud data synchronization. Many native apps are built with complete offline functionality.
  • Native apps combine geofencing with push notifications and real-time updates to engage with the users.

Conclusion: How should you choose?

  • Consider PWA when you have a limited budget, in case you need to build an e-commerce website and wish to engage your clients or obtain new ones, but don’t have the resources to develop and maintain multiple applications across different storefronts.
  • PWA’s can help you improvise your strategy and customer retention.
  • PWA’s are preferable in case you want your app to reach a lot of people in a very short time, with existing distribution channels, as it is easy to share a URL link or even earn a feature on Google search results.
  • Also, PWA’s are preferable for start-ups to initiate your app engagement. It does not require any downloads or installation, still allows interacting with customers via push notifications.
  • Plus, PWA’s can be considered if you need one simple app that works on a large number of devices due to scalability and lower cost of entry for your business.



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