The progressive web applications are changing the way we look at apps and websites. Many are wondering whether they going to replace native apps. In our previous blog, we have seen how they are different from a user’s perspective. And today, let’s see how they are different from a developer’s perspective. 

Different languages

Native apps are specifically written to run on mobile devices, whereas PWAs are developed to run on browsers. So, native apps are developed by using different languages compatible with each platform i.e., Objective-C and Swift for iOS and Java for Android. But for progressive web apps, languages like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML are used, keeping browsers in mind. 

Development cost

As of now, building a progressive web application is significantly cheaper than building a native app. To build native apps, developers need to learn or already be fluent in different languages to build different versions of the app. That means they will have to at least make two versions, one for iOS and one for Android. Moreover, if the app is complicated and requires more time, then it requires a significant amount of money and resources. 

But that’s not the case for PWAs. they are faster to build and update. They can have a single codebase for different platforms. We do not have to develop two versions from scratch; you can just configure them as per the current website. And if it’s a responsive design, then with just one app, it will display the same on all devices. 

Distribution

For native apps, the different versions of the app need to be submitted to the respective app stores. Every store has its own requirements that need to be met so that we can publish on these websites. Also, some stores have fees for obtaining to a developer account. But, having an app on an app store increases a brand’s credibility. 

Now PWA is altogether a different story. PWA does not have to worry about all these requirements of various stores. To use a PWA, the user only needs a website and a URL. This means that the app will reach a larger audience quickly. Moreover, deploying updates is not at all a hassle with progressive web apps. The latest updates will simply be visible on the website, and no approvals of any kind are required. 

Discoverability

PWAs work like a website, and therefore, they are visible on search engines. PWAs have better performance and engagement than normal or responsive websites. This also helps them rank better on search engine result pages. 

Native apps are not indexed or listed on search engines. Users will have to find them on app stores or the website of the store. To make your native app more discoverable, you have to focus on App Store Optimization (ASO). Making your app ASO -friendly improves the search rankings in the store. Looking after different factors adds to the time and cost required to deploy the app in the store. 

Security

As of now, native apps have way more security options than PWAs. Native apps can have Multi-Factor Authentication. They can also use Certificate pinning for highly secure communication. That is why users trust native apps more. 

PWAs are more secure compared to normal web pages because they have to abide by HTTPS. Customers can enter personal details and or sensitive information like credit card details without worrying. 

So, these are some of the differences between native apps and progressive web applications. Which one would you prefer? 

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