Mobile phones have become ubiquitous. If you are even remotely aware of digital technologies and use them in their simplest form, you must have come across mobile apps. Thanks to the advancement in mobile technology in terms of both hardware and software, mobile devices have become bigger, better, and smarter. The mobile apps leverage the features and functionalities of the devices and are able to offer a great experience to the users.
There are the factors like resource allocation, intended audience, and time that must be considered before you zero in on the app type. We will go through the merits and demerits of each type of the app and also elaborate on the scenarios that best suit each of the apps.
Salient Features of Web Apps
As these apps are not published on different mobile app stores, they do not require any approval.
They are cross-browser and device-agnostic.
Demerits of Web Apps
Web Apps need an active internet connection to be accessed as they reside on external servers.
These apps cannot access the hardware or software functionalities of the mobile device.
Native apps are those apps that are built using programming languages like Java, Objective-C, Swift, etc. These apps are available at respective app stores and need to be downloaded in order to be used. As they interact with device APIs directly, these apps are in better control of the environment they are deployed in.
Advantages of Native Apps
Native apps are more in sync with the device they are accessed on.
These apps offer great UX as they can access device hardware and software features like camera, GPS, gallery, contacts, etc.
Disadvantages of Native Apps
Native apps require more resource, time and technical expertise compared to other types.
These apps are specific to the mobile operating system; separate apps need to be developed for different platforms, thus escalating the cost and time.
Hybrid apps can be seen as the combination of the best features of the web apps and the native ones. They manifest the simplicity and ease of the development of the web apps and inherit the interactivity of the native ones.
Benefits of Hybrid App
Once wrapped inside a native container, they can access device APIs and interact with device’s camera, contacts, GPS etc.
Demerits of Hybrid apps
Hybrid apps do not exhibit the same degree of device interactivity as native apps.
Their look and feel are also not in complete sync with that of the device’s native appearance.
Each of the app types has its own virtues and weaknesses. When implemented in the right scenario, they can work wonders. Also, the viability plays a crucial role in choosing the right type of the app. If you wish to build a mobile app and are undecided over the type of the apps to choose, go through the post to help yourself find the right answer.