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What is a Progressive Web App (PWA)

Technology is constantly changing. Desktop software installed from CD-ROMs dominated computers for years. With the arrival of the first smartphones mobile apps became the new trend. Today the most recent phenomenon adopted by companies is a website that from a smartphone looks like a mobile app without actually being one. We are talking about a Progressive Web App (PWA).

PWA is an application developed for browsers and alternative to the classical native Android and iOS mobile apps. Indeed Progressive Web Apps can be distributed on any browser without distinction of operating system and can use most of the typical characteristics of a mobile app, aside from some exceptions such as games (these require different performances).

One of the advantages of a PWA is that the user doesn’t need to download the application from the App Store or Google Play because it is available directly on the browser. Since access to app via browser can be complicated on smartphone, the user can create a rapid connection directly between the icon on the app using a simple device function.