Mobile applications used to draw inspiration from desktop programmes and websites. Quite the opposite is true today: Apps set the future for websites.
We all have been long used to having our smart phones full of different apps from Google Play or App Store. But why should we care about progressive web applications? The answer is simple. PWAs have conquered the IT world with a wide range of benefits.
The era of boring static websites is gone for good. Over the years, the need for websites to be more and more dynamic and adjust to users’ requirements has become quite pressing. Mobile apps provided a better UX, loaded faster and were able to run offline, and so they left websites in the dust due to better user experience and comfort. It was merely a question of time before websites started to adopt their functionalities.
According to Google developers, PWAs meet the following criteria (this can be verified via the Lighthouse technology):
This is a file with basic information about the app, such as its name, splash screen, icons, colours etc. It can be found in the HTML header in the JSON format and allows you to install a web app on the home screen or to present other native apps.
The increase in use of PWAs goes hand in hand with technology advancement. A case in point are cross-platform apps designed for simple purposes, such as meal or cab orders (that’s why Uber or DámeJídlo.cz have their own PWAs). A big plus is that PWAs can be run even in browsers on older mobile phones since they don’t load as much data as classic websites.
It’s not a good idea to replace standard mobile apps with PWAs as they are not yet fully compatible with some systems (Safari in iOS). This can change in no time, though. New advancements in technology keep coming every year so this is just a question of time.
While most of the “big names” on foreign markets have already used this technology to their advantage for quite some time, here in the Czech Republic it’s still possible to get a massive competitive edge by employing this tool, especially for online stores. Considerably faster loading means your customers are more likely to stay on your websites instead of leaving them due to long waiting times (we’re talking seconds here). We therefore expect an upcoming PWA boom that will spread this technology among Czech customers.