As it is quite evident that this era is highly influenced by technology and so, in this time people, especially, the budding generation desire everything to be available just at fingertips to make their life easier. This has ensured availability of a lot of mobile apps which have indeed become an imperative part of our lives nowadays. Thereby, investment of the enterprises in mobile app development has encountered an exponential rise in this decade and if you are also deciding to enter in this field of development, you will surely find yourself amidst a barrage of terminology. So, here is a basic guide to mobile app and web app.
While developing an app, there are piles of factors required to be considered like the budget, deadline, security constraint, offline capability, interoperability, etc. The functionality that is needed to be implemented is indeed the main deciding factor among these all.
To have a better understanding of apps, let’s begin the discussion with web apps.
Probably, this definition might have thrown you into confusion between a web app and a website. They both sound almost similar definition wise but unlike a website, a web app is more interactive and provides better functionality. Briefly, a web app can be interpreted as a user interactive and controllable website.
Is Web App development strategy highly advantageous over mobile app development? This is a very important question.
See, everything has its pros and cones and so are apps. There are certain advantages as well as disadvantages of a web app.
In recent times, certain improvements have been made to web apps to overcome some disadvantages and these improved web apps are called as Progressive Web App.
As the name itself clarifies that they are an improved version of web apps.
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web applications that load on your home screen just like regular web pages or websites but offer functionalities such as working offline, sending push notifications. This technology combines the open standards of the web, offered by modern browsers, to provide benefits of rich mobile experience.
Converting a regular web app into a progressive web app is not a big task. For this, you require to add a home screen icon, web application manifest and service worker and it’s done.
This was all the basic about web app. Now, let’s get a better insight of mobile app.
These are those apps that are downloaded from the app store. These are of two types: Native and Hybrid App.
So, let’s discuss them one by one.
They are platform-specific apps developed using tools and language that a particular platform supports (Xcode and Objective C with IOS, Eclipse, and Java with Android.). These are the best both look wise as well as performance-wise.
Conclusively, these native apps are costlier to develop but it offers a great user experience and can leverage the device features that surely, outshine the cost.
But, if you are looking for a cheaper solution then you can go with hybrid app development.
They are a midway between Web App and Native App. They use standard web technologies HTML5, Java Script and CSS. This write once run anywhere approach to mobile development creates cross-platform mobile applications that work on multiple devices.
A Web view directly, affects the performance of the hybrid app as it handles the memory management and rendering of code. There has been certain improvements made and is still continuing in web view controls which have made its performance far better than before.
After this brief discussion it can be concluded that undoubtedly, Mobile App provides a better edge over Web App which is stated below.
As aforesaid, developing a mobile app over a web app provides certain benefits as follows.
Decision regarding which type of app to be developed depends purely on one’s requirement as well as benefits and limitations of these apps.
Choice between these totally depends on your business requirement as well as budget. Just to make it a little bit clearer, here are some illustrations cited.
Suppose your application require to access many of the device features like camera, location etc. along with this, you are also looking for a better look and performance and budget is not a constraint, then obviously, Native App should be your choice.
On the contrary, if the applications need to use several devices features but in a lower budget then go with Hybrid App but you have to sacrifice the performance.
If the application does not require accessing other device features and is meant to be compatible with all devices without facing any technical obstruction then you should go for Web App development which is easily searchable using Mobile search.