Where does mobile web currently fall short and what innovation is on the horizon that will allow it to succeed?

In Part I, I looked at why apps have been necessary on mobile devices — despite Apple’s original vision of iPhone apps being powered by web technology — and I looked at the current state of PWA capabilities for each mobile platform.

Now I want to look at why I won’t yet advocate web technology in place of mobile apps, for most use cases, and the innovations I predict will change that opinion in years to come.

Current limitations of PWAs

There are a number of reasons why PWAs aren’t yet ready to replace native mobile apps.

One overarching reason is the unwillingness of Apple to support PWAs to their fullest. …


Sam Dods

Tech Lead and Mobile Evangelist based in Edinburgh, Scotland

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