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Google Play vs Progressier

Should you still upload your PWA to Google Play in 2022? Learn how you can use Progressier as a distribution alternative to Google Play for your PWA.

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Progressier

Google Play

Install page

Progressier provides you with a unique installation link that looks and feels like a native app store listing. Example: install.page/covid

Progressier

Google Play

Availability

With Google Play, your app is available on Android and Chrome OS. To make it available on iOS, you'll have to upload your app to Apple's store as well. With Progressier, your app is available on all platforms.

Progressier

Android, Chrome OS, iOS, macOS, Windows

Google Play

Android & Chrome OS
Android & Chrome OS

Fee on in-app purchases

Google takes a commission on all in-app purchases, 15% on the first $1M USD, and then 30% beyond that. With Progressier, you can use whatever payment processor you like, and you get to keep all of your hard-earned revenue.

Progressier

0%

Google Play

15% to 30%
15% to 30%

Code bases to manage

Assuming you need your app available on every platform, you'll have to essentially manage 3 code bases, one for iOS, one for Android and another for your web app. With Progressier, your PWA is a web app built with HTML/CSS/JavaScript that looks and feels like an app and that lives on the free web.

Progressier

1

Google Play

3
3

Can ban your app

There are plenty of horror stories of developers getting their apps banned from the stores without warning and/or explanation. Rather than hosting your app, Progressier augments it. So we couldn't ban your app even if we wanted to.

Progressier

No

Google Play

Yes
Yes

Release speed

Whenever you update your Google Play or App Store apps, you have to wait for Google and Apple to approve your changes before they are published. In some instances, the process can take up to a 3 days (and often even longer on iOS). With Progressier, you have complete control over how and when your app is updated.

Progressier

Instant

Google Play

Up to a few days
Up to a few days

Storage space

A typical Google Play APK can take from a few MB to a few GB of storage on your smartphone or tablet. A PWA can be used without having to install heavy resources.

Progressier

Negligible

Google Play

A few MB to a few GB
A few MB to a few GB

Reviews

Google Play lets anyone who has downloaded your app write a review on your listing page. While this is great for users, managing the spam can be time-consuming for you, the developer. With Progressier, there are no reviews to manage at all.

Progressier

Google Play

App Promotion

A decade ago, by listing your app on Google Play, you'd automatically get new users. With over 2,000,000 apps available on Google Play, it's becoming increasingly hard to stand out. Most categories are so saturated that you'll often have to pay to promote your app anyway. Progressier is upfront about this. We provide you with an Install Page, but you'll have to figure out how to get users yourself.

Progressier

None

Google Play

Paid promotion
Paid promotion

Push Notifications

Prompt users to allow push notifications. Then compose, preview, send and schedule push notifications in a click.

Progressier

Android, macOS, Windows push notifications

Google Play

Android push notifications
Android push notifications

Offline

With Progressier, you can make your app work offline without having to write any code. Native Google Play apps work offline by default.

Progressier

Google Play

Screenshots

Upload screenshots to highlight what your app does and encourage users to download your app on their device.

Progressier

Google Play

PWA Analytics

Track your app's installation numbers over time.

Progressier

Google Play

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