Mobile applications are now widely used and recognized for the many benefits they bring to businesses. Developing a mobile application can quickly become a complicated process if we do not know the right way to do it. This requires a precise and elaborate process to coherently plan an application idea until it can be deployed. Moreover, one of the first questions to ask before creating an application is whether you want a native app or a web app.
A native application is an application designed for a pre-defined mobile device, downloaded from a platform (iOS or Android, for example) and installed directly on the device. A web application is a web application accessible from a web browser present on the mobile device. Why prefer native applications instead of web applications? Read on to find out!
NATIVE APPS ARE MORE EFFICIENT
They have the advantage of using the latest technology, which allows access to a wider range of features, backup data and quicker data access.
Moreover, it’s easier to download a native app than use a web app: for a web app, you need to have a URL before downloading its content, but not for a native app, which is directy downloadable through app stores.
One of the biggest advantages is having the App Store: the best place to find apps. There is no equivalence for web apps. We can find them on the web and web app stores but they aren’t well-known.
NATIVE APPS OFFER A BETTER USER EXPERIENCE
The content found in these applications is optimized which ensures better service performance with a fluidity of use and a better overall quality expected by the user.
Indeed, the functions in native app are quickly and smoothly with a wider access of the functions features of the application.
NATIVE APPS TAKE ADVANTAGE WITH PHONE GOODIES
One big advantage of native applications and the Android and iOS apps is the access of the hardware and native capabilities of the device such as microphones, cameras, Bluetooth, NFC or , accelerometers, etc. For web applications, its features are limited as we can also have access of some native functionality of the device.
NATIVE APPS HAVE A BETTER OFFLINE SUPPORT
Although HTML5 allows offline data storage, it is limited to 5MB offline data. Similarly, the main track of the settings that appears on the mobile of a person when it wants to use a customer support.
NATIVE APPS HAVE A BETTER APP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
There are different processes in making a native app and a web app : each platform will develop its own process for native applications and for web applications. The downside is that they operate on the browser of a mobile device or each with its own operating characteristics, which pose different and unique problems.
For the development of a native application, the developer has access to standardized and easy to use tools, unlike web applications that do not offer such tools even if they can open multiple mobile platforms and web browsers.
NATIVE APPS ALLOW MONETIZATION
Native applications make possible purchases when using applications, which is not the case with web applications.
Native applications can appear as the best choice to develop its mobile application. They offer a better user experience. Nevertheless, some weaknesses remain as problems of accounting for certain native applications can only be used for a terminal type, which induces higher costs and longer development. Similarly, it is important to note that the arrival of HTML5 has significantly reduced the technological gap between the two solutions.