Apps serve multiple purposes. They are an interactive medium between the business and the users. Apps provide easy access to products and services to clientele, along with direct communication between the user and the service provider. Most apps are built-in in the system or could be downloaded from different platforms like Play Store or Apple Store. Most of them are free and available on android or iOS. A business before venturing into app development services and must be well acquainted with the type of app. Business needs, interactive needs, and technological facilities decide the app to be built. The following are the basic three types of apps that businesses develop based on the platforms they are available at.
As the name itself suggests, these apps are native or exclusive to a specific platform. They are specifically designed for either IOS, Android, or Windows phone. Being restricted to one operating system makes them fast. They are built mainly for mobile platforms. You can either have an app on Apple, Windows, or Android system, but you cannot mix and match the apps across different platforms. The coding that goes behind the native apps is mostly Java, Python, Swift, and C++, etc. being more fast and reliable than the hybrid apps, they are preferred for this very advantage.
Customer experience is usually good with native apps as they tend to have optimized customer experience. One characteristic of a native app is its access to your phone gallery, contacts, and other mediums. The native apps are subjected to periodic upgrades which could be a costly process. The native apps take up space on your mobiles so you must have a storage option available. For instance, the 2048 game app, which is widely famous among many individuals, is native.
The short form of websites is the web so the name itself defines the type of app. Web apps are different from the native apps since they cannot use hardware or mobile sets to be downloaded or sold through a store. They require browsers to run on and the coding used by these includes HTML5 or CSS. You use a URL to open these or install them on your browser by bookmarking it on your browser. Device memory or space plays an insignificant role in playing these apps. These apps require a small amount of memory or storage on the device. There is nothing to download as they are opened through the URL.
As a consequence of a single code, their development cost is the lowest, among all types of apps. The performance measure of these apps is solely based on how good are the internet connection and browser speed. As far as the upgrades are concerned, those are fast, easy, and less costly. Because of less customization, the cost of development is low. They can run when the user is online and offline services are not provided.
To understand fully what the hybrid app development is, one must understand web apps and native apps first. A sort of blend of both is called hybrid where multiplatform services are in exercise. These are mostly website applications appearing as the native apps. They have benefits and drawbacks of web and native apps. Not only are they smooth in working, but easy to develop and upgrade. The smooth update process is a forte of hybrid apps and low cost is associated with these as well. They appear and function similarly to native apps. Web apps are made to function and look like native apps are responsive, and good in design.
To develop these, the language or technology used are Objective C, Swift, and HTML5 mostly. For places with low internet connectivity, they perform well there too. Less code maintenance and higher user experience are also a big advantage of a hybrid app.
The usage and performance of the above-mentioned types are solely based on user needs and business parameters.