Blog Archives September 2012
The word “app” is a buzzword these days but most people don’t discuss the differences between the two types of apps: native mobile apps and mobile web apps. Whether you are developing apps for your own personal use or for your business, it’s important to recognize the different merits of the two so you can make the best decision about which one – if not both – is right for you.
What are Native Mobile Apps and Mobile Web Apps?
A native-version app is an application program that has been developed for use on a particular platform or device, such as iPhones or iPads. Once installed onto the users device, it runs as a program rather than as an internet browser.
Mobile web apps, on the other hand, are essentially mobile-friendly versions of a website that can also be downloaded to users' devices and appear to be the same as native apps. They are accessed through the mobile device's web browser.
The rise of the mobile devices – such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones – has significantly altered how people all over the world communicate and gather information.
Not so long ago, we relied on computers to access the Internet and land line telephones to do long distance calls. Not any more.
Now, billions of people worldwide are using smart phones and tablets to browse the Internet.
And it’s not just while they are on the go. It is also when they are sitting at home watching TV.
The main reason why mobile devices are being used so much more today is mobile apps.
Anyone who has ever used a smartphone or tablet knows what they are: those nifty applications you install on your device that allow you to do things like:
- Play games
- Check out the weather
- Add notes
- Access your email, and
- Book appointments online.