Building an app can be the right decision to help you meet your business goals. So what do you do next?
Well, you have to decide between building a native app and a web app. People often think they are the same thing, but they are actually quite different. They are developed and deployed differently, which means it is important for you to understand the differences and pick the one that makes the most business sense for you.
What is a web app?
What is a native app?
A native app or mobile app is one that is installed directly on to your smartphone. They have to be built for specific operating systems, ie android, ios, and windows. Native Apps need to be purchased through stores like Android Apps, the App Store and Google Play. Each platform has its own native programming language. For example, Android apps are primarily developed using Java, and iOS apps are primarily developed using Swift. These platforms often have SDK’s (Standardised Software Development Kits) which have tools and common User Interface elements like buttons created by the manufacturer of the platform. These along with best practice guides can help speed up development.
Going through the rigorous app approval process of these stores can add credibility to your product. However, this process can delay the launch of your app. Native apps can work fast by using the power of its processor. They can also access native features like your phone’s camera. However, if your user doesn’t update their app they could be running an outdated version. They have to make physically update the app themselves to use the most up to date version. Having to develop and maintain an app for multiple platforms can be more expensive.