Native application VS Progressive Web App: which one should you choose?

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Jul 12, 2018 · 4 min read

In our last newsletter, we announced the upcoming release of an article about Progressive Web Apps. Here it is! Today, the smArtapps team explains the difference between a native application and a Progressive Web App (PWA), but also in which situation you should pick each option.

A Progressive Web App, what’s that?

The Progressive Web App is an ultra optimized website for mobile, able to use some features of this device, such as the camera. Users access PWA from their browser — Chrome, Firefox, Safari or other — and download its content as and when browsing, hence the name of progressive.

The benefits of PWA

  • PWA allows to save time and money, since it is developed only once, while a native application requires two separate developments: one for iOS , the other for Android.

Its disadvantages

  • To offer a PWA to your visitors, you must have an internet connection in all of your exhibition spaces.

What about native apps?

Native application is the kind of app we have been developing for almost 10 years at smArtapps. A native app is developed twice: once for iOS, the other time for Android; thus, it works optimally with all types of devices. Users download the app with all of its content from the Store (Apple Store or Google Play). In 2016, native apps accounted for 87% of all mobile traffic.

The native application: still an advantageous solution

  • Although PWA use secure URL in https, native applications remain a more secure and reliable way of accessing information.

Why should you make native applications your first choice?

For the comfort of your visitors, we recommend the choice of a native application. In addition, in terms of accessibility and ownership by all types of audiences — young people, visitors with disabilities, elderly …-, native application proves a more satisfactory tool than PWA.

Currently, native application presents essential advantages to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of your visitors. However, technologies develop quickly and PWA might very soon do significant progress in terms of comfort and accessibility. Thus, we remain attentive to the latest innovations regarding PWA and continue to test different technologies, with the only purpose of identifying and providing the best experience for your visitors. 👌

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