Ring Out the Old Hybrid Web Apps and Ring in the New Progressive Web Apps

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Posted: December 23, 2015


Manish Jain is the founder and Managing Director of Konstant Infosolutions. Manish is responsible for the overall operations of the company and has played a major role in bringing Konstant up from its humble beginnings and, with his immense energy and drive, transforming it into a globally trusted name in IT solutions.


It’s quite fitting that as the present year winds down and a new one is about to begin, an older web app technology will be superseded by a newer one, much better suited to providing fast and reliable apps and websites in this age of mobile devices.

The ‘older’ technology is characterized by hybrid apps, which are apps and websites coded in HTML5 and CSS, then wrapped by API hooks into mobile device operating systems and hardware. The ‘newer’ technology are progressive web apps, so named because they begin as tabs in Chrome or Opera, and become progressively more like apps as they are used more by people. They can eventually be pinned to a user’s home screen, they can be used offline, they can be linked via URL, and they are totally secure and responsive. In Fact, Flipkart set an epitome in progressive web apps with an aim to provide the best web experience to their users, this technology by Flipkart is just incredible in its own way.

How progressive apps work

Progressive apps rely on Application Shell Architecture (ASA) and service workers for their terrific speed and functionality, with service workers being the heart and soul of the ASA. Service workers store the basic design and interfaces from an app so they can be instantly produced on demand. When a smartphone user requests an app, the shell of it can be delivered in the blink of an eye. Service workers also facilitate offline work, and speed up content dramatically by delivering cached responses to network requests.

Progressive web apps provide functionality and speed


Why progressive apps will dominate

In tests conducted by Google, progressive web apps were found to paint a mobile screen and become functional anywhere from 50% to 500% faster than hybrid apps could be loaded to provide meaningful interfaces. The more times an app or website was invoked, the more information got cached, and the more ‘progressive’ benefits of the progressive web apps became evident. The bottom line is that progressive web apps are far more native than are hybrid apps, which are really PC-based apps packaged for compatibility with mobile devices.

To take advantage of the new age speed and functionality of progressive web apps, contact Konstant Infosolutions, and let their expert developers help your business join the new age.

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