Web App vs. Native App

If you are considering having your own mobile app made, you should have a basic idea of the different types of apps available so that you can better decide what’s best for your business. A mobile app is software that is used on mobile devices, allowing the mobile user to play games, view calendars, listen to music, and much more. There are two main types of mobile apps, a Web App and a Native App and the one you chose will depend on the objective of the app.

A Native App is an app that such as the calculator on your phone, and is designed to run specifically using a devices operating system. (iOS for iPhones and Android for most other devices) One of the main challenges of Native apps is the infrastructure required to distribute and update the app, and each app must be duplicated and adapted for use on different devices, which can become costly for businesses. There are some advantages to Native apps including the ability to be used off-line and being able to take advantage of device specific capabilities.

A Web App, is an app that’s software must all or in part be downloaded from the internet, and which you will need an internet enabled device to use.  A web app’s main functionality and information is stored online, so it is dependent on web based software and services to function. Web based apps can be accessed by most mobile devices, and updates are automatic because a web app is essentially a self-contained mobile website.

If you need an app that requires Internet access to operate or interact with online content and services, a web app will work, but if you need an app that can function with or without internet access a native app is preferred. While Native Apps have a higher adoption rate amongst users, each platform must have an app that is adapted to its operating system. Usually, a Web App is cheaper, faster to develop, and can be maintained easily.

Some companies choose to use both types of apps.  When you begin deciding what type of app you want, keep the end user together with the pros and cons of both types in mind. Some developers argue that the native app offers a more user friendly experience while others prefer the speed at which an web app can be developed, used, and it’s congruence among multiple device types.  Just remember, focus on the needs of the end user, and what they’re expectations and behaviors will be.

Once you have decided what type of app is best for you, give our team at Atwoodz a call and we will work with you to create the perfect mobile platform from start to finish. We are experienced in creating both types of apps, and if you’re having a hard time deciding we will be happy to help you decide which one is best for your project.

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