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Key Differences Between Native vs. Progressive Web Apps


If you ask mobile users, they just need two things in their mobile app- high performance and small size. And currently, only two methods fit in the needs of users. First, the Native web apps and the second one is the Progressive web apps. However, nowadays there is a debate about, which one is the better one of these two methods.

If you are the one who’s puzzled on choosing from the apps, you have to know these apps first. And to know more about the native web apps, let’s dive deep, scroll down.

What is Native Web Apps- native web apps are for specific mobile systems such as androids and iOs users. Have a look at the pros and cons of native web apps.

The Pros of Native Web Apps

Fast performance- The app is developed for a certain platform, so it showcases the high-performance quality on those particular platforms. The app is already stored in devices, so it won’t take much time to load, which boosts the performance of the app.

Better security- it feels secure while using native web app because it follows all the rules and guidelines of Google, AppStore and playstore.

Access to in-build device features- It has full access to the functionality of devices such as GPS, Camera, NFC etc. The access gives an advantage of showcase its connectivity.

Interactive with other apps- it can interact with other apps, means you can connect with third-party apps easily.

Geofencing- means, you can use the core operating system. So users can get a push notification after approaching the location.

The Cons of Native Web Apps

Distribution friction- It is a well-known fact that users don’t download the app easily. It has become more difficult to attract users with native apps.

Only work on one platform- In the case of native app, you have to develop it from each platform, as it’s platform-specific.

Demands more money and time- Because of low-level programming, it’s time-consuming and not so pocket-friendly as well.

Difficult to update– You have to upgrade it every time you have to go through the same review system.

What is the Progressive Web Apps- The app built with the latest web app technology such as HTML, CSS3, Javascript. Have a look at the pros and cons of progressive web apps.

The Pros of Progressive Web Apps-

Easy to install and launch (accessibility)- The “add to home screen” feature of PWA, makes it easy to install and launch.

No app store difficulties- The app is independent of the app store, so you don’t have to struggle with the app downloading and uploading.

Up-to-date- It always gets updated, when you are online, So you don’t need to worry about the updates.

Low development cost- It is a single device for all platforms, which ultimately make it a low-cost device.

SEO Optimization- The URLs of PWA helps Google to read the website on search engines, which help in SEO Optimization at the end.

The Cons of Progressive web Apps-

Missing the app store traffic- The app is missing the huge users-traffic, who directly install the apps from the Google play store and other app stores.

High-battery uses- The app is written in high-level web code, which means high-battery uses.

Features restriction- Since, PWA is not a full app, there are some functionality limitations. The features such as no access to calendars, alarms, contact and browsers bookmarks etc.

No indoor Geolocation- It can’t access Bluetooth like indoor geolocation.

Limited browser support- It does not support all browsers, such as the big brand like safari browser, as the browser is android-centric.

To sum it up, when you read the article wisely, you will notice that it completely depends on your business demands and budget. Native and progressive both have their advantages and disadvantages. So whoever you choose as your web app method, we can help you with our expert team of web app developers for both.