So you have decided to go the mobile app way to reinforce your sales, take the gaming world by storm, or to sell your enterprise utility tool or well just to aid your day to day tasks internally.
Now let’s come to the second hurdle. Which type of app type suits your business needs the best?
With the advent of HTML5 in mobile app technology the buzz words Hybrid and Web applications are everywhere.
Is Native vs. Hybrid vs. Web your worry?
Fret no more. Here is a comparison that will solve your app related queries in a jiffy.
Native apps work offline, once downloaded the user will not need any cache memory or data.
Seamless, user friendly and familiar interface for any loyal user of a certain kind of operating system.
Device functionality based utility applications have easy access to gestures, contact list, camera, GPS, accelerometer and all inbuilt device features.
Security concerns are more or less the same as hybrid apps but in built security models are present for Android as well as iOs.
Speed is the biggest advantage of native apps. Responsiveness is everything when it comes to mobile apps.
Cross platform integration for native apps doesn’t exist. It means rewriting the whole app code for another framework.
No on the go updates, you’ll need professional help to update the slightest of changes on your app.
Third party monitoring before you put your app on the app store.
The three leading native OS
When do you go for a Native App?
If you are developing a utility tool that will need native phone devices like camera, speakers and robust interaction with the native Operating System. Native apps work best, though hybrid apps can achieve the same with a little tweaking, they may not be as seamless.
If you are building a gaming app with heavy graphics and sound effects. You cannot build games like Angry Birds and Temple Run using HTML5 alone.
If you want to promote your apps on an app store and include app store SEO in your planning and budget.
When you are not looking for a cross platform presence, when you have a specific device targeted. For example- you are building an iPhone application.
Adaptable to multiple platforms. The same code can be re-used for Android, iOs and Windows with minor tweaks in the plugins and native containers.
You can turn your responsive website into an app in no time using the available support frameworks and plugins.
A hybrid app can be put on app stores. So basically you get the benefit of being in an app store environment without the costs of developing a native app for a particular operating system.
A huge open source development language means there is a huge community for support and a lot of documentation.
Hybrid apps have functionalities that can’t be used offline. The user will need a data connection to use these functions.
Hybrid apps have security issues like SSL and they do not get any native security, support.
Hybrid apps with heavy animations and sound effects aren’t as seamless as their native counterparts.
Hybrid apps can’t be viewed without a distinct web view in different platforms (but that’s a small price to pay considering the effort it saves you while making an app for different devices.) When do you go for a hybrid app?
If you are trying to build an enterprise app that doesn’t need heavy graphics or animation but basic functions and 2D menus, go for a hybrid app.
If you are going to build an application that’s going to be built for several platforms simultaneously and you don’t want to overshoot a limited budget.
If you have basic functionalities that won’t drain the user’s data if used online.
If you want to run a non-gaming app and the difference would not be too obvious to the user.
If you will be constantly updating the current application on various platforms. Using HTML5 means that you can add new features with least amount of hassles.
If the in device functions and OS are not too critical to your app functionality and a little lag is acceptable.
The Hybrid vs. Native debate
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The suffix ‘Apps’ is a disguise for the whole concept because Web Apps are actually responsive mobile websites. These applications are not available on an app store. They can only be bookmarked on your phones desktop and will be opened with the mobile browser. Advantages:
No need for third party approval from app stores or tweaking required to suit the app store.
The development cost is a fraction of the Hybrid and Native apps.
A responsive mobile website that looks like an app is absolutely platform independent. You do not have to worry about and particular OS available in devices.Disadvantages:
The performance of the app depends on the inbuilt mobile browser installed with the device.
The app will not be available on an app store. The distribution can be a problem.
The security available will only be as good as the ones provided on a mobile website.
Changes can be made as quickly as you would like to modify your website code.
When should you go for a Web App?
If you need an additional mobile website to an existing app.
If you have simple, easy to upload content that can run seamlessly with most browsers.
If you don’t want to spend on a mobile app but want a responsive solution as a mobile platform for your website/ on-line store
For a little more insight into all that real time responsive websites aka web apps can do , Check out these amazing web apps.Hopefully these guidelines would help you decide between your options. For any more assistance contact us at Affle AppStudioz!
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