The PWA (Progressive Web App) is downloaded and installed by visiting the BEAM Trackr PRO platform on your phone’s browser. This is different from a “Native” app which requires you to visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Installing and using the BEAM Trackr PRO PWA onto your mobile device is much faster and gives much better performance than accessing the platform using your mobile’s browser. This is because PWAs integrate more deeply with your device and use data caching techniques to increase performance.
Installing the BEAM Trackr PRO App #
Please note that process may differ slightly between devices, but is basically similar to that shown below on both Android and iPhone.
In your phone’s browser, visit the tracking platform at https://app.trackrspace.net and log into your account.
On Android devices you will be asked if you want to add BEAMtrackr to the phone’s Home screen, as shown in the above image. Doing so will install the app.
If you are using an iPhone/iOS device, or the the prompt didn’t happen automatically, then go to to the Settings (usually three dots in the top right of the browser window.
Select Install app (may also say Add to Home Screen).
With either method, you will then be ask if you want to install the app.
Once you have installed the app, it will appear on your phone’s apps screen, along with your other phone apps.
When you click on the app icon on your phone, BEAM Trackr PRO will now launch like a normal app, rather than having to launch a browser.
If you want to install the app later, then you can do so at another time by clicking the INSTALL PWA button in the BEAM Trackr menu, as shown below.
Why not a Native app? #
Native apps which you download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store are costly to develop and maintain, and can take time to get approved and released by the stores. This cost would ultimately have to be passed onto you, the user in the form of increased subscriptions.
Modern PWAs such as ours, on the other hand, can be developed along side the desktop Web app, and with a small amount of additional development, can be made to function like a traditional app on a smartphone. The only real difference is the process used to install them, as they use the built-in functionality of the device’s web browser.
PWAs offer much more compatibility and are updated instantly as we release more functionality in the app. The also take up much less space on your device than native apps.