September 20 2021

Mobile App Development: Choosing Between Native, Web and Cross-Platform

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Having a smart phone without apps is like owning a laptop without any software. You simply can’t make any use of it.No one likes using the browser on their mobile phone – whether its an Android user or an iOS user. So, in order to reach out to your mobile users, you need to reach out to a good mobile app development company.

There are 3 choices in hand to choose from when it comes to mobile app development.

These are native, web and cross-platform apps. All these are different on their own and have their own advantages. Let us know more about these options.

Native Apps

As you know majority of smartphones OS market share is dominated by iOS and Android. When a mobile app development company goes with the option to develop an app specifically for a single ecosystem, it is called a native app. This has many benefits like:
  • Firstly, the performance of the app is smooth, fast and responsive. This provides a great seamless user experience.
  • It becomes easier to integrate with all different devices of the same ecosystem.
  • The User interfaces will integrate with the OS giving it a clean unified experienced across devices and different OS versions.
  • It becomes easier for your apps to get discovered in the native app store be it the Google Play store or iOS app store.

Cross-Platform Apps

Globally, there are almost 3 billion smartphones being used by people worldwide. Android is the dominant OS with having a market share of almost 85% and IOS 14%. This makes it pretty clear that in order to succeed, you need to have your app available on bothiOS and Android app stores. A cross-platform app is an app that has been developed to run both on Android and iOS operating software. This can be done by sharing some of the codes of the app across platforms. Cross-platform apps provide benefits like:
  • It is easier and faster to create as almost 80% of the same code can be used.
  • The UI and UX can be similar to the native app, giving a unified design across different platforms.
However, there are some limitations of this like:
  • You still need to write some codes to complete the app for a different platform.
  • The performance might not be as good as the native app as it won’t take full advantage of the native OS feature.

Web App

A web app is developed using HTML5 and JavaScript. These are then wrapped in an invisible native WebView Container. This kind of app is basically a webpage turned in to a mobile app. It is very easy to develop and faster than other two options. However, it provides poor UI and is less efficient without regular issues. So, a mobile app development company should opt for this option only when the budget is very low or very short on time.

On a Final Note

A mobile app development company can go with either of these options, but in order to succeed and provide the best services to its customers native apps should be the option to go with. Incase you are a little low on budget and have time constraints, then you should go for cross platform apps.