Kony AppPlatform: Now With Progressive Web App Support

When the term “progressive web app” (PWA) was introduced in 2015 by Alex Russell, there was a lot of excitement about the idea. After all, PWAs promised to be a lot of the things apps weren’t.

  • Responsive: to fit any form factor
  • Connectivity independent: Progressively-enhanced with Service Workers to let them work offline
  • App-like-interactions: Adopt a Shell + Content application model to create appy navigations & interactions
  • Fresh: Transparently always up-to-date thanks to the Service Worker update process
  • Safe: Served via TLS (a Service Worker requirement) to prevent snooping
  • Discoverable: Are identifiable as “applications” thanks to W3C Manifests and Service Worker registration scope allowing search engines to find them
  • Re-engageable: Can access the re-engagement UIs of the OS; e.g. Push Notifications
  • Installable: to the home screen through browser-provided prompts, allowing users to “keep” apps they find most useful without the hassle of an app store
  • Linkable: meaning they’re zero-friction, zero-install, and easy to share. The social power of URLs matters.

The above bulleted list was quoted verbatim from Russell’s blog post introducing the concept of PWAs, and all of those ideas still hold true today.

While apps have come a long way in just three very short years–as has the technology used to create those apps–developers still haven’t given up on the dream of PWAs as a way for businesses to achieve enterprise-level app success at a much lower cost.

In fact, PWAs offer more than that, too. They can also offer users functionality such as working offline, push notifications, and device hardware access traditionally available only to native mobile applications. PWAs basically combine the open standards of the web offered by modern browsers to provide benefits of a rich mobile experience.

And guess what? The award-winning Kony AppPlatform now offers support for PWAs. In fact, we are the first vendor to support enterprise-grade, low-code PWA development for mission-critical apps. We also consistently achieved a 100 percent score on Google Lighthouse with Kony AppPlatform standard configurations. Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. Users can run it against any web page, public or requiring authentication. It has audits for performance, accessibility, Progressive Web Apps, and more.

And if you’re interested, Kony client Vestis has a short demo of their Progressive Web App that you can watch.