That’s a confusion for many people out there and that’s the reason we have decided to throw some light on the topic. Both the PWA (progressive web apps) and RWA (responsive web apps) has been talked immensely and trending massively in the market.
For any business to achieve masculine success, needs an app to survive. Every business these days is turning digital and every business owner when asked the question which platform you want to pick for your app ends up being confused and clueless. Here is something for those clueless business owners to assist them in making an informed decision.
Well, the best platform for mobile app development is native. But, the problem is that it is extremely expensive. The startup might not be able to invest such a huge amount and they will look for the alternatives which are PWA and RWA. Web apps offer a user experience which is similar to that of the native. Let’s make a comparative study of progressive and responsive web apps, know their pros and cons and decide which one is the better fit for development.
Responsive Web Apps
These are the web apps which works on almost any device. Web technologies are used for developing these apps which adjusts the website elements based on the resolution, device screen, and the platform. These are very much similar to that of the progressive web apps but the only thing that makes them different is that these are not able to deliver offline support. Even if they deliver offline support, it would be very limited just like Google Keep.
Pros of RWA
- RWA is considered to be best for delivering top-notch performance.
- RWA can perform highly intensive processes as compared to PWA.
- Internet marketers and SEO can keep their efforts very clean with RWA.
- Doing behavioral analysis is easy with RWA.
- RWA conjoins with external services for keeping track of their users.
Cons of RWA
- Issues of page loading are reported in case of poor internet connection.
- The user interface of RWA is not as attractive as native apps.
Progressive Web Apps
PWA is basically the next version of the web apps. They provide a very high resemblance of native apps in terms of look and feel. However, they are not native apps. For those who are fond of native apps can opt for PWA as their second best choice. Native apps are coded for a particular device or set of devices whereas PWA runs equally on every device as it uses web technology in the development.
Pros of PWA
- It does not show any performance issues in case of poor internet connections.
- It will provide an app like interface. The user will be using a web browser in full screen but they won’t even realize they are using a website and not an app.
- It works in an offline manner. The user can access the website content even in offline mode without any kind of internet connectivity.
- PWA is responsive and has all the features similar to an app.
- Users checking the PWA can start using it immediately by adding it to the home screen which allows the user to access it any later date.
Cons of PWA
- PWA is not a good fit for the apps which needs heavy processing.
- It has limited functionality compared to native apps.
- It is just suitable for demonstrating the preview of the native app to the users.
- PWA cannot access the device hardware like sensors, LED lights, and such other things. So, if you are considering to develop an app to interact with the device hardware, PWA might not be the best option you are looking for.
Well, You have seen both the sides of both the platforms, now decide the type of mobile app development you are looking for and then decide which is a better fit for your need. Both platforms are equally good and equally popular, choosing one randomly will be a mistake. Decide your requirements first, see which one will satisfy the needs, prove to be cost-effective and provide faster deployment. Once you know these things, you will know the best option for your project.
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CEO of 360 Degree Technosoft, a mobile app development company. Writes about Leadership, Start-up Quests, Social Media, Latest Tech Trends and Mobile Applications.