Progressive Web Apps are web applications that load like regular web pages or websites but offer the user functionality such as; working offline, push notifications and device hardware access, traditionally available only to native mobile applications.

Think of it as a website built using web technologies that acts and feels like an app.

They are:

  • Reliable – Load instantly even in uncertain network conditions.
  • Fast – Respond quickly to user interactions.
  • Engaging – Feels like an app on the device, with an immersive user experience.

When the Progressive Web App criteria are met, Chrome prompts Android users to add the Progressive Web App to their home screen. Apple users can ‘Add to homescreen’ from their settings.