Simply put, a Progressive Web App is a mixture of a mobile and web app!
But what does this exactly mean? And how are these different from Traditional Web Apps and Native Apps?
PWAs Are Progressive - These apps work for every user, regardless of the browser that you are using or even where you are situated in the world! So whether you are using Chrome or Opera or whether you are living in India, UK or even North Korea, it doesn’t matter! Progressive Web Apps will work just as well because they’re built with progressive enhancement as a core tenet.
Responsive - Progressive Web Apps will fit any device! Be it a desktop, a mobile, a tablet, or even something that hasn’t been created yet!
Web Apps That Don’t Depend On Connectivity - With the help of service workers, Progressive Web Apps can even work on low-quality networks, or even offline!
App-Like Feel - Progressive Web Apps feel just like an app. They have app-style interactions and navigation.
Fresh - Thanks to service workers, your Progressive Web App will always be up-to-date with the latest updates!
Safe - Progressive Web Apps are always served via HTTPS, ensuring that no-one without proper authorization can tamper with your app.
Discoverable - According to the W3C manifest, Progressive Web Apps are classed as apps. It easier to find a Progressive Web App thanks to service worker registration scope that allows search engines to easily find them.
User Engagement - PWA features like Push Notifications make user engagement very easy!
Installation - Users can “keep” the most useful PWAs on their home screen without the hassle of app stores.
Linkable - PWAs can be easily shared via URL and do not require complex installation.