Progressive Web App (PWA) has been the latest buzzword for tech and mobile practitioners, but it’s more than just jargon – and it’s not all just hype. PWAs drive performance and represent a new model of web applications. These applications load similar to a regular web page, but offer additional native device functionality such as working offline, serving notifications, launching a camera, etc.
To fully explain what PWAs truly are, first it must be clear what they are not. A brief history of mobile development will illustrate how PWAs have come into existence.