June 8, 2018

7 Best Progressive Web Apps Examples

Digital Experience

PWAs — progressive web apps — are rising in importance. But what are some examples of progressive web apps? Here we cover the best PWA examples.

What Are the Best Progressive Web Apps Examples?

The best progressive web apps examples include Starbucks, Twitter, and Flipkart PWA. Keep reading to learn more.

It seems as if development teams have taken the new rebirth/relaunch of PWAs — (finally iOS 11.3!!!) as an opportune time to start with a fresh, clean slate.

In fact, all 7 mentions on our PWA apps list actually got a jump before iOS/Safari had PWA support. They are all now well-positioned and realizing real benefits in user experience with their PWAs.

What Successful PWA Apps Have in Common

What these companies seem to have in common is taking this (PWA) opportunity to use create the lowest bandwidth, friendliest-to-2G, fastest possible performing app without all the feature/code bloat evolution that can happen when you’ve been building off the same codebase for 10 years.

Impressive PWAs are being built as incredibly small and efficient apps. Teams appear to be in a race to build the leanest possible version of their native apps in PWA form and are using new highly-optimized libraries (e.g. react, redux, webpack) while utilizing PWA caching tools to overcome connectivity issues.

For users, this means a faster-launching, snappier-feeling app that's less fickle about connectivity and offers users a better overall experience. Which would you rather fire up to get your morning coffee — a 50MB or a 233kb app? Coffee faster? Yes, please! Faster than you can say, "Add to Home Screen."

Best Examples: A PWA Apps List

Here are the top PWA examples from companies that got it right:

  1. Instagram PWA
  2. Twitter PWA
  3. Starbucks PWA
  4. Tinder PWA
  5. Pinterest PWA
  6. Uber PWA
  7. Flipkart PWA

Explore the in-depth PWA apps list below to learn more about the best progressive web apps.

1. Instagram PWA

Before the PWA, if you visited instagram.com in your browser, you could really only look at your timeline and your profile (plus other people's profiles). Now, the (progressive) web app looks very similar to the native app and has new Search and Activity tabs.

You can upload pictures, but you can't tag users, add a location, or share the picture to other social networks at the same time. You also can't receive notifications through the app, send and receive direct messages, or use Instagram Stories.... yet.

Instagram PWA

Learn From the Best Progressive Web Apps Examples

Apple surprised quite a few people with its sudden move to support service workers (and by extension PWAs) in iOS 11.3. For the last few years, there was no reason to expect, or even hope, that they would get on board.

Whether they were dragging their feet because they felt it could undermine their extremely successful app store — or because they’re never eager to be seen as following Google’s lead on anything — the fact is that Apple’s “blessing” effectively opened the whole market to PWAs.

Instead of remaining a niche tool for the Android market, in March 2018, PWAs became a viable way of reimagining everyone’s internet presence — on all platforms. As the technology develops, we can expect new levels of creativity.

For the time being, the data seems to suggest that big companies are using PWA to address the problems of application size and page load times — to great effect.

What's Next?

Google is placing a greater emphasis on page load times in their ranking system. Research indicates that people interact more with faster apps. A huge number of people still only have access to 2G mobile networks.

By focusing on slimming down their web offerings, companies can address all of these issues, all while simplifying their coding team infrastructure. PWAs are a win-win-win!

But, like all apps, they still need to be thoroughly tested. This ensures that users are getting the best possible experience.

Perfecto can help you test PWAs. With Perfecto, you can:

  • Automate more tests.
  • Boost test coverage.
  • Scale with parallel testing.
  • Accelerate faster than ever.

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