What is the difference between a native app and a PWA?

Progressive web application is an ultra optimized website for mobile devices which can use certain functions of this device such as the camera, offline notification, push messages etc.. Users access PWA through their browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari or other) and download the content while browsing, hence it’s easier to use.

Native application is the type of application we have been developing for almost 10 years. A native application is developed twice: one for iOS, the other for Android; Hence, it works best with all types of devices. Users download the application and all its contents from the store (Apple Store or Google Play). In 2016, native apps made up 87% of all mobile traffic.

PWA saves time and money as it is developed only once, while a native app requires two separate developments: one for iOS and one for Android.

Although PWA uses a secure https URL, native applications are still a more secure and reliable way to access information.

PWA only uses a small amount of phone memory.

The native app works better than the progressive web app – user navigation is faster, smoother and more fun.

Native mobile apps are designed to work best on iOS or Android. Therefore, a native application can use the full functionality of a device. To use a native mobile app, users need to download it from an app store. PWAs skip this step, but at the same time they don’t have special features for iOS users.

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