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Types Of Mobile Apps Explained

Types Of Mobile Apps Explained

If you have no idea what a hybrid, a native, a web or a normal mobile application is, then this post is for you.

Apparently, for users, things are very easy. You may visit a distribution platform, check which application is compatible with your device and you find useful and then you just download it. However, for business owners it is a huge headache to decide which type of mobile application is more suitable to build and which developer can do the job.

Well, if you wish to really know which type of application your business and target group requires, the first crucial step is to know what an app really is, the main types and a few pros and cons. So:

Mobile Apps
Or just apps, short for applications, are application software developed to run on all or most types of mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones They could just be simplified versions of websites in order for them to be more appealing and functional in mobile devices and that’s the reason why most website owners have embraced mobile applications. Apart from plain browsing, they could be games, calculators or possess any isolated functionality.

Users can either purchase or download for free various mobile applications through certain distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, the Google Play store, the Amazon Appstore and the BlackBerry World. 

2 Mobile Application Types:

Native Applications
Written in native programming languages such as Java or Objective C for iOS and are developed to function on specific mobile devices or operating systems. Native applications can work offline and they can access different smartphone’s devices such as the camera. It is considered expensive to build native apps because it is software written from scratch. Also you need extra programming if you wish to suit all mobile devices plus it’s very complicated and in certain cases developers can’t handle to write the extra piece of code.

Web Applications
Build with web-standard technology mostly by using the web-standard components such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, most optimized for smaller devices. Their look and feel can be identical to native applications plus they can be built to fit almost all mobile devices. They are fast and inexpensive to build plus now that HTML5 has changed the scenery, Web Applications it is difficult to even distinguish a native from a web application!

2 Web Application Types:

Normal web applications
They can be accessed through a web browser on a mobile device and build using mainly HTML5, CSS and Javascript. Normal Web Applications can provide full capabilities of customization, navigation and interaction.

Hybrid web applications
Build using HTML5, CSS, Javascript that possess a cross-platform compatibility because they are converted to native applications in hopes to be distributed in certain app stores such as the App Store.

Take a Look at our Mobile Applications solutions and don’t hesitate to ask our opinion about the most suitable application for your business!


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