Getting Real with Progressive Web Apps in 2018

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With Safari 11.3 finally supporting Service Worker and Web App Manifest specs on par with Chrome, Firefox and Opera earlier this year [safari], what does this mean for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and, more importantly, the Web Platform in general? Businesses like Flipkart [flipkart 1, flipkart 2], Trivago [trivago], Tinder [tinder] and Uber [uber], to name a few, have adopted these technologies with positive returns, even prompting some people to name 2018 the “Year of the PWA” [yo]. The term “progressive web app” was coined three years ago by Francis Berriman and Alex Russell to describe apps that take advantage of features offered by modern web browsers [origin]. Today it is becoming increasingly important to understand what these technologies have to offer to the average web experience and how to practically apply them to the web of today.

[safari] https://medium.com/@firt/progressive-web-apps-on-ios-are-here-d00430dee3a7

[flipkart 1] https://developers.google.com/web/showcase/2016/flipkart

[flipkart 2] https://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/internet/for-flipkart-this-app-makes-rural-connect/59676200

[trivago] https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/intl/en-gb/consumer-insights/trivago-embrace-progressive-web-apps-as-the-future-of-mobile/

[tinder] https://medium.com/@addyosmani/a-tinder-progressive-web-app-performance-case-study-78919d98ece0

[uber] https://eng.uber.com/m-uber/

[yo] https://divante.co/blog/pwa-skyrocket-2018/

[origin] https://infrequently.org/2015/06/progressive-apps-escaping-tabs-without-losing-our-soul/

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