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The list of apps to chose from for software developers seem to be increasing in number. Native apps, web apps and now it seems progressive web apps are the next in the list. In this blog, let's take a brief look at what each of these apps is, the advantages they offer, and answer the all-important question: are progressive web apps the future? Read on to know more.
Native apps are basically apps which are native to one particular platform. Like Windows, Apple, Mac etc., These apps are built or designed with a particular platform or OS in mind and they take advantage of the inbuilt features the OS offers. One of the biggest advantages of native apps is they load fast and are extremely secure since the developers often have to go through a lot of security procedures for developing the app. And the downside is that maintenance cost is usually high and different versions have to be created if the developers want the app to be compatible across platforms.
The ease of development is what made web apps popular. They exist on the web and not on the user's device. This means the app could be developed as and how the developer wishes without having to play by certain rules. Of course, they are compatible across various platforms. But the huge drawback with web apps is security. Users are often left to take care of this on their own. Like, for example, WordPress users subscribing to Comodo cWatch for the security of their website.
Now Time For Progressive Web Apps?
Progressive Web Apps (PWA) is supposedly a mixture of native apps and web apps. Web apps have never been able to provide the functionality and seamless user interface which native apps offered. Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are being projected as the solution for this. Simply put, PWA would be a web app which can deliver a native-app-like user experience. They don't entirely depend on internet connectivity and can even work offline. They require minimal developmental efforts and require no installation. So are PWA(s) the future?
If history has taught us anything it's this: everything takes some time to appeal to the society. And in this case, where software developers have become used to native apps and web apps, it may take longer than usual. Therefore PWA(s) don't necessarily mean the end to native as well as web apps. Therefore native app users, don't panic or despair. And web app users, don't forget to secure your web apps using a website security tool like Comodo cWatch!
Use Comodo cWatch
Comodo cWatch, which comes equipped with impressive website security features like real-time threat and breach prevention, advanced persistent threat identification, SQL injection and XSS injection prevention, OWASP top 10 protection, along with Content Delivery Network (CDN) and a comprehensive 24/7 cybersecurity operations center, ensures your websites and web apps stay secure against various kinds of web security threats.