We have recently projected some light on “Mobile Application Development trend in Digital World.” Now we will focus on three different approaches to develop a mobile application.

When you are planning to develop a mobile application for your business, definitely different types of questions will confuse your mind like, is it better to build a Web app, Native app or choose the Hybrid route instead?

This decision can add fuel or water to the fire of success of your mobile strategic marketing, one should decide this while keeping the objectives and goals of their business in their minds.

We are not going to choose the champion of these approaches, but we will compare these three different approaches, outline some advantages and disadvantages from the perspective of a company looking to develop a mobile app.

Web Apps

The difference between website and web app is subjective, Most of you will agree that website is generally informational whereas web app provides functionality. For example, “Wikipedia” is a website because it provides information with facts and Facebook is web app as it provides user interaction. Common web applications include online retail sale, webmail, wikis, online auctions and instant messaging services etc.

Web apps are simply the Dynamic website, don’t let the “APP” word confuse you. Web apps need not be downloaded from app stores like mobile apps. Web apps loads in browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and even it doesn’t take up storage on the user’s device.

How to build a web app?

Generally, web apps are developed in JavaScript, CSS and HTML5 and accessed through browsers. There are numerous UI frameworks like Angular, React and Vue.js that can be used by developers to build web apps.

Progressive web apps

Combination of a website and mobile application is known as progressive web apps as it includes features of both website and mobile app like the ability to:

  • Send push notification
  • Work offline
  • Load on the home screen
  • Use touch gestures and your phone’s accelerometer
  • Use some of the device’s hardware such as vibration

Advantages of progressive web apps:

  • Easy to build
  • Easy to maintain
  • An Inexpensive option

Disadvantages of progressive web apps:

  • Needs a browser to run which leads to the poor user experience
  • Much slower than native apps
  • Web apps are less interactive and intuitive than native apps
  • No icon on the mobile desktop as it’s not downloaded from the app stores
  • Cannot leverage device utilities
  • Only works on Google Chrome
  • iOS users can’t use this type of app
Unlike Mobile apps, developing a web app can be simple and quick. One can test out his/her idea of business before investing too much finance in developing a native or hybrid app. But as every pros have some cons attached with it, this manner of saving the money can lead to the downfall of your idea as web app doesn’t let you do half of the things which mobile apps can do. Acwits Solutions LLP will help you to decide the best approach to accelerate your business in app world.