The Bare Necessities: Progressive Web Apps in Ionic

By Josh Morony

You’ve probably heard of Progressive Web Applications by now, but if you haven’t then you may want to give this a read. In short, they are all about giving applications made available through the web a more native-like experience. This means at a minimum that they should work offline, and can be installed onto a user’s device.

This is a separate concept to a hybrid application, which you can also build with Ionic. A hybrid application consists of a web view embedded into an actual native application, the resulting package is no different to any other native application and as such, it is generally distributed through app stores. A Progressive Web App is not built as a native application or distributed through app stores, it is made available directly through the web – you visit the application through your normal browser, the application can be used there and then, and you can choose to install it directly to your device for easier access later.

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