Mobile phones have infringed in our lives and have made their unique place. Once reflected as a luxury is now the closest thing to our hearts. Your mobile device is with you, almost, every minute of the day. With the growing use and significance of this device, it need to be responsive and dependable.
The mobile app’s need to respond fast and give you the answers you need ASAP. These are the anticipations of all mobile users. Let’s take a closer look at different mobile app technologies which help in providing the ultimate user experience and makes mobile use a pleasant experience.
The app development world is exciting, yet sometimes puzzling. There is no perfect answer as to which type of app you should go for. Your choice depends upon your time-scale and your budget .Through this post 61 tries to throw some light on the different types of apps available and to assist your decision as to whether you should spend your hard-earned cash.
If you are considering investing in a mobile app, you need to be familiar with some terminology. The contrast between iOS and Android? What are native, hybrid and web apps? More importantly, which is the most appropriate app technology?
Native apps are the most basic types of apps that pops into mind when we really think of an app. Native apps could be downloaded from Google Play or App Store within your device’s applications and you can simply launch them by tapping their icon.
Moreover Native apps are designed and developed for a specific kind of device i.e. for Android apps written in Java, iPhone apps are written in Objective-C.
The various advantages of native apps are as follows:
• Native apps are very fast, most reliable and most responsive experience to users.
• Users like spending time on apps. The acceptance for apps has increased massively and is continuously rising.
• Users can tap into the broader functionality of the device; containing the microphone, camera, compass, swipe gestures etc.
The major downside of these apps is that they are not compatible with other kinds of devices. If an app is written for iOS it will not run on Android without being completely again written in Java. And building of an app for multiple platforms could be quite expensive.
If your budget allows you, native apps are the ideal, offering the best user experience.
Every seen ‘mobile version’ of a website that is what we are talking about. These apps loads within a mobile browser, like Chrome or Safari, like every other website. Users does not have to install a web app.
In terms of features Web apps have some limitations moreover they will usually require an Internet connection to run. They are slower and less intuitive. Web apps are generally designed once for each platform and therefore they don’t look or behave like a real app on any of them.
You can find native and hybrid apps in the App Store and Google Play but web apps could not be found there. Every day there are millions of searches on these stores, the potential to get your app discovered here is important.
At some place in between native and web apps you will find hybrid apps. These are generally very quicker to build than native apps, but one step higher from what you can expect out of browser-based web apps. Apps like TuneIn Radio, LinkedIn are hybrid apps.
There are several advantages of hybrid apps over native apps that are discussed below:
1. Hybrid apps are easier to develop than native apps. In hybrid apps only a portion of native code has to be written again to make the app work on the different kinds of devices.
2. It’s also easier to maintain and you can change platforms.
3. Very fast speed.
4. Being built on one single core, you can add functionality and have multiple versions of the app all benefit from it.
When choosing between the two apps it’s important that you should first of all think about the different factors related to your business.
If you have limited time and budget Hybrid apps are better option as they take very less amount of time to develop and are developed at a very cheap price in contrast to native apps. But the native apps win the war in performance. A native app is faster and more reliable by its very design.
As native apps have the best UI therefore it’s advised paid apps should be built as native apps however you can consider hybrid apps for building free apps.
Your decision depends upon your current priorities and where you want to be in the future to determine what option works best for you.