Apps apps apps, it’s all about the apps. Or at least historically that’s where majority attention for mobile has been. Apple’s iPhone truly revolutionized what was considered possible for software application capabilities on a mobile phone. Android may have implemented app store technology and governance slightly differently, however the popularity of Android was also boosted by the huge number of native applications available. Even now, a strong mobile presence is often signified by “Yes we have an app for that”.
However, it didn’t quite work out that way. While the technologies of the day were certainly revolutionary and capable of things never possible before, software applications remained prisoners of desktop and server operating system hosts. Of course that did not slow down the advancement of technology, as has famously been observed software began to eat the world.
Recognizing this trend, big tech is once again focusing attention on web browser development, especially on mobile platforms. Microsoft has surprised us with a Renaissance of web technology delivered by their latest Edge Browser. Chrome and Firefox are both furiously rolling out advanced features and their browser applications. Slack and Facebook are exploring specialized mobile web browser development as well, in an experimental shift towards greater in-depth adoption of web apps as an alternative to native only.
Security and privacy is another big advantage for Classic and Progressive Web Apps. As we’ve discussed before — Mobile Apps come with much higher security and privacy risks. Access to your location, contacts, microphone is all quite invasive, and that’s if you don’t get a virus or data-breach. Web Apps on the other hand are natively more secure, and therefore much safer for mobile users.
These are exciting trends for mobile application development and distribution!
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