Lately, there has been a trend for some companies and individuals to develop web apps over native apps. For those who don’t know, a native app is an app that is native to a particular platform. That means that the app only works on one platform or the other. In our case, we provide the choice of Android app development or Apple’s iOS app development.
A mobile web app is an app that is Internet-based, adapts to whatever device is trying to contact it, and can be used on any phone or on the Internet. On the surface, it’s a “no-brainer” – the web app is more versatile, and you only have to build one as opposed to two or three. However, in this case, there is a lot more to consider than just what is on the surface.
A lot of the decision would depend on exactly what you want to use your app for, and how much money you have to spend. If you are a small business with very limited resources, a web app or an adaptive website might work for you. However, if you can afford to do it right, developing native iOS and/or Android apps is the best choice a large margin.
First of all, what a mobile web app gains in versatility, it loses in specific use. Any native iOS or Android app can be synched with most other apps in its native system. A web app usually can’t be used in tandem with native apps.
When it comes to smartphones, most people either have an Android or an Apple phone. If a business wants to reach everyone, it can simply build an app for each platform. Another more important factor, though, is commercial apps.
If you are developing a game or commercial app and plan to make money off of it, it is essential that you choose one of the two major platforms. Apple has the App Store, and Android has Google Play. When either of these stores accepts your app, it has a chance to go viral. Being listed in either store is like having free advertising.