How to decide between a native app and a progressive web app

Santiago Perez

Hello! Today I want to talk a bit about the difference between a native app and a progressive web app. First of all, let me explain what kind of app each one is. A native app is a mobile application created by using programming language such as Objective-C for iOS or Apple Store and Java for Google Play Store among others. These apps take months to create or develop and typically cost thousands of dollars that most small businesses cannot afford. Let alone that you have to pay twice in order to have your app in both store, meaning that the code used to create a native app for iOS does not work properly with Android causing you to have to create the same app twice.

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A progressive web app (PWA) is an app that behaves like a web page and has attributes of a mobile application. These applications are made through the use of a platform that allows you to create the user interface, the backend and your database without having to know how to program and without knowing some of the programming languages. There are several platforms on which you can develop your mobile application depending on what you want. To mention some of these platforms, it is worth highlighting the very famous Bubble, Adalo, App Sheets, and of course my favorite Glideapps.

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As I mentioned before, native apps have a high development cost and the minimum it takes to have an MVP (Minimum Product) is 3 months or more. To make updates or changes in design or logic you must invest much more money and time. However, when you use a no-code platform to develop a PWA or a Glide App, the MVP can be developed within hours of starting with it. If you want to update design, logic among other things, these changes are made immediately, saving you time and above all money since you will not have to pay twice to have the app working on both Android and iOS systems.

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At first I mentioned that native apps are the ones we find in the Apple Store or Google Play, which is true and for years since the first app came out at the end of the 90s, that has been the case. However, the PWA does not need to be in the apps stores since you can send it to your employees, users, friends, etc. just by sharing the link with them. They can also be installed on your cell phone and works just like a native app. Due to ignorance and custom we believe that all apps must come from an app store.

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Several of my clients have asked me if it is possible and the short answer is yes. However, this incurs in having to convert your PWA into a native app to upload it to the stores. There are agencies that are responsible for making these conversions but there is always something that prevents the operation of the PWA for some reason or another. I have heard from many developers that you upload their apps to the stores and the updates are immediately noticeable. My advice is that if you are interested in uploading your PWA to the app stores, you should find out which is the best agency that does the conversion since once in the store if something does not work, it is more difficult to correct the APK or API (types of files that each store requires).

In conclusion, developing a PWA guarantees you save time and money as well as getting closer to your users with new technology. If you are a small company or an entrepreneur that wants to get closer to its users through an app and has been thinking about how to develop it, the Horizon Apps Agency team can help you see what is the best way to do it without the need for a very high investment. Join the world of technology and let us help you create your Glide App that behaves like a native app but without having to wait so long for your product to be in the hands of your customers, employees, users and friends.

Santiago Pérez

Fundador de Horizon Apps Agency

Glideapps Certified Expert