An Analogy of Types of Mobile Apps and Which is Best Suited for Your Business

by | Jan 21, 2021 | Blogs

Mobile Apps have become a part of everyone’s daily lives. With the increase in mobile apps, we all look for the ones that are easy to use and interest us the most. All the apps that run on smart devices have a specific purpose.

The term “app” has become so popular that Microsoft has decided to use the app instead of the word program from windows 10.An excellent example of an app will be a shopping app like Amazon. Amazon is the most used app by the majority of the audience. It is easy to use, and you can access it through your laptop browser or mobile wherever you are. 

If you are running your own business and want to go digital, you might want to launch an app sooner or later. You would run across three types of mobile apps like Native, Hybrid, and Web. This blog aims to define the terms you are not familiar with and introduce you to every mobile app’s pros and cons.

Three Classes of Apps

Native Mobile Apps

These apps are designed to work on a particular operating system. The world of mobile computing is divided into two OS platforms are Android and iOS. A native app is designed for the one who would not work on another. 

If the native app is designed for Android, it will use Java, and for iOS would use Swift and Objective C.

Most of the apps that we use are Native apps. They have built using the platform SDK that is a software development kit. Until now, the best platform for app development is Native SDK. As it provides necessary direction to a coder with tools, libraries, sample code, parameters, and self-use guides.

Advantages of Native Apps

  • Work faster and seamlessly, which causes fewer app crashes. 
  • Provide better visual output and maintain aspect ratio. 
  • No misplaced icons or sudden changes in the font size.
  • They have a more natural navigation flow.
  • If the user is uncomfortable, they can uninstall the app.

Disadvantages of Native Apps

  • Native Apps are expensive for startups and small businesses.
  • You have to design the same app multiple times for each OS.
  • Native apps require visiting the official app store, finding an app through search or ratings, and downloading it. After that, one has to sign up and log in.
  • The app development process takes a lot of time.

Web-based Apps

Mobile Web apps are not completely installed on the OS; instead, they use a browser like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and others for several functionalities. On the whole, a mobile app looks very much like a native app. 

They have also grown in popularity as HTML5. To make it look and feel like a Native App, browser navigation is not visible, and we have to enable both vertical and horizontal scrolling. 

Advantages of Web-based Apps

  • They are less costly, and this is because they are being designed for browser-based usage.
  • They are light on resources. They can also save battery.
  • Due to the use of HTML, an app owner has greater access to the workforce. There are plenty of HTML coders, but few are experienced in Swift.

Disadvantages of Web-based Apps

  • They do not have an appealing look. 
  • Unable to use critical features such as hardware acceleration.
  •  An app is required to do much more, render complex graphics, and even perform extensive calculations.

Hybrid Apps

They tried to tap into the benefits of both native and web-based apps. They’re relying on a browser, but the app comes with browser access baked into its code.

Hybrid apps such as Uber are usually single-page apps and look remarkably similar to their website counterparts.

Advantages of Hybrid Apps

  • Hybrid app development has become the most popular because of its reduced cost.
  • A hybrid app allows greater access to system functions such as a camera and microphone.
  • Hybrid apps do not use the native SDK but allow reasonably high-level emulation.

Disadvantages of Hybrid Apps

  • This affects app performance. The UI is most often bland and unexciting.
  • The webview variant of the browser is not as efficient as the original browser. 

Conclusion

If you run a small business, it makes sense to go to the PWA app. Your upfront costs are lower, and you could get an initial market response to your idea and find out what needs to be fixed. Thus, the PWA can be used as a prototype for the development of a full-fledged Native app.

Developing the app is complex, and you’d need to perform a SWOT analysis to find the type of app that suits you the best.

 

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