3 Types of Mobile App Development

Businessman using tablet PC for mobile app developmentMobile apps are all the rage these days; whether you want to learn a new language or you are looking for ways to lose weight, you are likely to find out that “there is an app for that!”

If you have a small business and want to increase customer engagement, creating a mobile app can create staggering opportunities to market your products and services.

Because of the increase in mobile usage, there is a strong demand level for iPhone app development in Australia, with social networking apps accounting for the annual growth rate in the app industry.

In this article, we discuss the three types of mobile apps available for businesses.

Hybrid Apps

Hybrid applications are based on web technologies that are constructed through multi-platforms like JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS. It is a mix of native and web apps. People refer to it as hybrid apps because they can find and download them in the app store even though it runs in webview.

A webview is a browser that allows apps to display content that is from the web inside an application. Hybrid apps enable cross-platform development, which means considerably less cost as the identical HTML code elements are repeatedly used on various mobile operating systems.

Tools used to allow you to design such applications are Sencha Touch and PhoneGap.

Native Apps

Native apps are exclusively for a singular device or platform. For instance, systems like Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry will only work on devices running each platform’s respective operating systems.

Native apps can utilize the latest technology available on a particular device for which it was built. This includes device-specific software and hardware, and other built-in features of mobile devices like the camera and Global Positioning System.

They also code native apps via a precise programming language, mainly Java for Android and Objective-C and Swift for iOS. You can also access some native apps even without an internet connection.

Web Apps

Web applications are in JavaScript, HTML5 or CSS. You can run them through a browser via the internet, and stored on a distant server. Simply put, you can only access them if you have an internet connection.

Also, web apps are not real apps as they are websites that just have the presence and the impression of a native app. One advantage of web apps is that they do not require much memory space.

Also, web apps provide a more consistent user interface across several platforms and users can access them from any computer connected to the internet.