June 27, 2018 | Shaun Bremner
Continuing with our PWA blog series we thought we’d compare the features and functionality of PWAs and Native Apps. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and in this post, we attempt to highlight the differences.
First here’s an overview of each solution …
Native Apps – A native app is a software program that is developed for specific use on a platform or device. Because a native app is built for use on a particular device and its operating system, it has the ability to use device-specific hardware and software.
Progressive Web Apps – PWAs are similar to mobile apps but are delivered via the web. PWAs work and look like native apps because they follow the same app-like format, which offers app-style gestures and navigation. However, unlike native apps, PWAs are developed on web and can work on all devices.
Let’s compare the basics…
App Analytics highlighted the two priorities that today’s mobile app users expect – they want to use their devices’ memory wisely and demand high performance. PWAs seem to have solved the memory solution as they are web-based so are very small to store. Both solutions have high-performance abilities when optimised. Here’s a snapshot of some of the other major differences…
Snapshot of Native App Advantages
Snapshot of PWA Advantages
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