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PWA vs Flutter

PWA vs Flutter

The current Global Smartphone penetration rate stands at 41.5 %, what’s a whooping 3.3 Billion Smartphones in the World. These Smartphones need Mobile apps in order for them to function correctly. We have major players in the Mobile Smartphone marketplace such as Android and iOS. To build apps on both platforms you’ll need skilled developers on both ecosystems, Kotlin for Android and Swift for iOS.

Cross-Platform mobile development the new trend today from React to Cordova to Flutter and many others.

what is Progressive Web Apps (PWA)?:

It was introduced by Google in 2015, a PWA is basically a web app that is better suited to run on Mobile Devices, it leverages features exclusive to native apps such as Geolocation, Push Notifications, and many others, while still retaining features from the web.

Important Features of PWA:

  • Native App-like Interfaces
  • Can work both Online and Offline (as web files are stored in the device)
  • Auto-updated, app stays afresh
  • Advantage of Browser compatibility as the web apps are built on the principles of Progressive enhancement techniques.
  • PWA only works on secured websites (https).

Pros of PWA:

  • Cheaper and Easier to build and maintain.
  • Boosts the performance for any web app.
  • Easy to find & Share
  • Cross-platform compatibility (Android & iOS)

Cons of PWA:

  • Can’t be downloaded from the Mobile App Store (Google Play Store and Apple Store).
  • Can’t support complex native app features such as FingerPrint, NFC.
  • Limited Hardware support, as the websites would depend on the Server it is running.

what is Flutter?

An Open-Source Cross-platform Framework created by Google and runs on the Dart programming language. It can be compiled to JAvascript. Flutter creates high-performance mobile Applications for both Android and iOS. To the average user it may look like a PWA but underneath it’s more complex than a PWA.

Pros of Flutter:

  • Hot reload feature.
  • Easy Learning Curve.
  • Access to complex Native features not found in PWA such as Fingerprint, NFC, and many others.
  • Cross-platform compatibility (Android & iOS)

Cons of PWA:

  • App-only, it means the user needs to download this app on the app store.
  • You must be a skilled developer to integrate some external libraries not found in the Flutter app space.

 Conclusion (Which is Best):

It all depends on the needs of the Company or person. If you want a more native feel of your Application with performance in mind, you can go with Flutter. But if you want to target low-End Android Devices with limited performance and complex features in mind you can go for PWA. Flutter is more for Mobile native-focused devs with a smaller budget. If you want to Develop Mobile Applications, Responsive Websites, or want a Professional Agency to handle your Digital Marketing, feel free to contact us.