Native mobile apps have generally had the edge when it comes to user experience over web-based apps. But the tide is turning, with progressive web apps — a technology spearheaded by Google and Mozilla—catching on at major web properties and developer tools becoming available.
“We’re starting to see a lot of large companies come back to the web because of its low friction,” said Addy Osmani, an engineering manager on Google’s Chrome team. He cited Lyft and Twitter as examples.
Osmani acknowledged the technology is still in progress; Apple’s Safari browser, for example, cannot use service workers.
The Hacker News readers as Progressive Web Apps project is a reference resource, providing examples of progressive web apps using technologies such as Angular, React, and Vue.js.