Benefits of Progressive Web Applications (PWA) [Advantages & Disadvantages]

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Aleix Suau
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Originally published on Feb 4, 2020Last updated on Dec 19, 2022

Key Takeaways

Are Progressive Web Apps better?

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are arguably more accessible to users than traditional store-based apps since they can be run directly through a web browser, and then optionally installed on the device from there. Users are more likely to initially use a PWA since they don’t have to install it on their device right away, and thus not worry about permissions and background activity.

What are the business benefits of PWA implementation?

Progressive Web Apps are an attractive choice for new projects. The benefit of a single codebase and core language (JavaScript) allows for easier project management and team building, resulting in lower costs. If your project requirements fit the robust capabilities of PWAs, then they’re a technology worth considering.

Can PWA replace native apps?

Not necessarily. In the case of performance, native is the clear choice. Also, if your target audience is on Google Play or the App Store instead of the Web, or the App Store presence is a business requirement, or you are looking for the store-centric model of monetization (purchasing the app), then native or hybrid apps are a better solution than PWAs.