If you have ever wanted to build an app after thinking up a bright idea, you are in the right place.
It happens when you do choose to develop a mobile app the most common confusion arises between the approach to get the app to develop.
So I can’t recommend you one platform, the choice depends on the different factors like your budget, app feature, and performance.
Currently, the smartphone industry is influenced by two giant Android and iOS. These platforms serve millions of users and large numbers of apps are running on them.
Thus, it is necessary for every business to think before choosing a platform for creating a business application.
In this blog, I would like to introduce major app development approaches from which you can choose your preferred method.
Different Type of App Development
There is three type of mobile app development platform; I would like to represent the basic highlights below for you:
Native Mobile App Development:
This type of development means developing the mobile app specifically for each platform. It uses platform-specific tools and API’s to enable all kind of functionality in the app. As iOS uses X code as a platform and Objective-C, Swift or C++ as a programming language whereas Android app development uses Android Native Development Kit and Java or kotlin as a programming language.
In native mobile app development, the app resource is stored in smartphone memory that ensures the maximum use of OS feature.
Mostly, the native app is best in user experience and app functionality, but there is the downsides too like you have to spend separately for the different platform that can increase your expenditure.
There is a slight inconsistency between UI on each platform.
Mobile Web apps are not the application in the true sense but they are websites like the application.
Mobile web apps run through the web browser as the layout is configured for mobile view.
When you open a website in chrome or safari; the particular website opens as a webpage (In some cases there comes the option of installing it like an application on your smartphone).
Thus, creating a cross-platform mobile application is cost effective but it doesn't use OS features.
They have many benefits also such as:
- It can be used in many devices
- It can offer heavy content than the functionality
- There is no need of Updates
But there are drawbacks too; they can’t provide heavy performance and effective UI.
Progressive Web App
As the name itself clarifies that they are an improved version of web apps.
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web applications that load on your home screen like regular web pages or websites but offer functionalities such as:
- Working offline
- Sending push notifications
- Use smartphone features like vibration etc.
Though they are better than web app yet one would not get native app experience i.e. interaction, animation, and performance as the UI is a full-screen browser without a URL bar that can work in offline.
Advantages of Hybrid App:
- Cheaper than Native App
- One code base to manage: once an app is developed, it works on all platforms by modifying it a bit. So, it saves time as well as money both.
- Easier to scale to another platform- Once you have built for one platform you can launch on another using the technology Cordova like the windows, mobile.
Disadvantages of Hybrid App:
- Performance is poorer than native app as hybrid app load in web view and also because they cannot be customized based on a platform.
- Less interactive UI than native apps
But before you bind up, there is something bonus for you Cross-Platform mobile app development:
These are the programs that let you build a mobile application for more than one platform.
You can make apps for Android and iOS by using the same base code. So let’s check out some of the important cross-platforms that are going to help you:
It is derived from Microsoft and can be utilized for cross-platform app development.
It is a cross-platform app development program compatible with Windows, Android, and iOS.
This is open-source cross-platform mobile development framework. This program lets you create apps using C#, .NET, and the Mono framework, for iOS devices like iPads, iPhones, and iPods, as well as Android devices and Windows Phone.
It offers Rhodes, a Ruby-based open-source framework that works well with Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone, and RIM.
The key to the successful app is user experience, which can be justified by observing the most successful apps look different to what they used to a few years back.
And there is no doubt that native app could be the preference for one while choosing.
Having App is necessary as they maximize your revenue.
We hope our experience with web development platform is helpful! Let us know if you have any questions!