What are the advantages and disadvantages of PWA over Native Apps?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of PWA over Native Apps?

by Valentyn Kubrak May 12, 2018

To start with, nowadays there are a lot of discussions about what is better for everyone to use: Progressive Web Apps or Native Apps. Of course, there are different opinions but let’s consider the main advantages and disadvantages of these applications and come to a conclusion who wins this battle «Native vs. Progressive Web Apps».

Advantages

Low on data

There is an opportunity to diminish the size of your data thanks to PWA. For example, when you have an application and it is used as a native one the size of it can be 10 MBs. On the other hand, while making the same app but as PWA you can reduce the size of it in about 20 times! So, if you want to have more free space available, PWA can help you with it.

No compulsory updates

It is considered to be one of the major advantages of Progressive Web Apps over Native Apps. Many people don’t like to update their applications. Moreover, it irritates them. However, in this situation, PWA works like a web-page. There is no need to update the latest version. You get it only when you use it. Consequently, you can save time not updating your apps every time.

Easy sharing

You get one more extra benefit from using PWA because you can share it with its URL which you cannot do while using native application.

Zero-install

Being just a web page, Progressive Web App is convenient because you shouldn’t install it for use. You can just keep it and install if you want after using it. Moreover, it starts instantly, so there is no need for a heavyweight commitment in order to get started.

Easy installation

As for installation, you can do it without any App Store mediation. It means that when you are keeping it, you shouldn’t visit an App Store landing page.

Portability

Naturally, today there are various ways for native app portability. But they can change your deployment and packaging model, unlike PWAs.

Disadvantages

However, there are also some insignificant disadvantages of Progressive Web Apps. First of all, today there are more and more companies which make their own in-app browsers. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to further experience of PWA on social media.

Secondly, you can lose a certain amount of your traffic which will be spent for downloading an app because this traffic will be redirected to Play Store. Thirdly, you will need to login to web separately while using, for example, such plugins as Facebook login and Google login. The reason is that PWA is not able to fetch data from Facebook and Google Apps.

Furthermore, being a browser, PWAs don’t perform some important functions. For instance, they are unable to use most of the latest hardware innovations like a fingerprint scanner. And last but not least, Progressive Web Apps may not be supported in default browsers of a certain number of manufacturers.

To sum it up, it is complicated to make the right decision while choosing Native vs. Progressive Web Apps. But instead of some disadvantages, PWA is much better than native application because it is easier-in-use, more effective and convenient. Choose PWA and benefit from it!

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