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Having an application for business is just a medium of earning more money. With an app, a business addresses to the digital market through the tinny device, called Mobile. They come up with an idea of a business that will stay and functions through the use of the thumb, and that’s where a service provider or application development companies has to guide the clients with all the pros of using a technology best suited to their idea of business.
With the availability of bundle of unique technologies that are facilitating numerous features and functionality, selecting and adopting the right one helps in winning half of the battle in the beginning. Almost all businesses are going Mobile, small and big enterprises are compelled to build mobile application. It’s Native Apps vs Mobile Web Apps where clients get stuck to decide which one to opt for. Let’s try to understand both of the popular application trends in Mobile world.
Native Mobile Apps?
Native Mobile Apps are apps which are developed specifically for a particular mobile device. One can install these apps directly on the device itself by downloading them from the app stores, including Apple App Store, Google Play Store, etc.
However, native apps are built for particular mobile operating system like Apple iOS and Android OS. In addition to this, an app that is developed for Apple iOS will not work on Android OS or Windows OS. Therefore, if someone wants their app to work across all major mobile operating systems, they have to build separate apps for each operating system. Hence, Native Apps Development involves more money and more effort (time, resources). Apart from user experience, the most crucial Pro with Native Apps, is their ability to function without internet- connectivity as well in many use cases.
Mobile Web Apps
Each of them has their clear advantages. Therefore we need to evaluate native apps versus mobile web apps based on some broad level factors:
There are many companies who invest in the development of both a native app and a mobile web app. Below, look at Facebook’s native app and mobile web app experiences:
As the image depicts, there is little difference between general look and feel of both images, these are not making a consistent user experience. However this is more out of compulsion as the technology being used for each type is different and possibilities with them are different as well. Hence a informed call based on this understanding needs to be taken.
There are tools and frameworks that assist in the development of apps for deployment on multiple mobile OS platforms and web browsers (e.g. Sencha Touch 2, AppCelerator Titanium, PhoneGap, etc.). However these tools have their limitations in terms of features they could support and also varied user experience for same features across different platforms.
Native Apps interface with the device’s native features, their information and hardware (like Accelerometer, camera, etc). However, mobile web apps have the limited access to device’s native features and information (orientation, geolocation, media, etc).
Method Of Delivery:
Versioning of The App:
Many users are out there who ignore to update their apps, therefore different users running different versions of the app. There is no need to update mobile web app, thus all users are on the same version.
Both applications also have their own strengths such as:
Besides the strengths, both of applications have their own certain weaknesses as well. Let’s explore them too to better understand them.
Therefore, we have embraced several features, functions, technologies, strengths as well as weaknesses of Native App and Mobile Web App. Depending upon the certain factors such as target audience, business objectives, and technical requirements and so on, your clients can decide to build either native app or mobile web app.
Rest apart, it’s not necessity to choose between building the one, as both of the options together can also be taken into the consideration. Many companies, including news portals, etc maintain Native App as well as Mobile Web App. Just look at your budget and resources and decide if it’s possible to own both of applications or the development of the rest choice can take place latter.
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