Progressive apps are providing tough challenge to the native apps as it seems to attract big companies like Ola and Twitter because of the lightweight, reliability, quick response and safety it provides.
In general, if we compare the native mobile apps with the web applications then they are considered quite better than they (web apps) are. However, the time changes so do the web apps. The Google and Mozilla introduced progressive web apps. A technology, which has almost all the web properties and tools of development.
According to the Google’s engineering manager, “Companies are switching back to the web apps as they are so light weighted”. The biggest example of this is Twitter and Ola. Previous application of Twitter created using native mobile application methods takes much more memory as compared to the progressive web application. Native android and ios application take around 23MB and 100MB respectively but the progressive application (Twitter Lite) takes less than 1MB of the space.
It provides pre-cache loading which makes application run smoothly in the uncertain network conditions.
Progressive web apps use the service worker, which is a script that runs in the background of the browser. It runs separately from the web page that allows the page load quickly. We can call them background script also. Service worker cache the key resources, which reduces the network dependency.
Progressive web apps are much more reliable, faster, and safer as compared to the native apps. Progressive web apps technology is still under development but there are various tools available now in order to build progressive web apps like Lighthouse.