Not so long ago, Xavor came up with a mobile app for its Smart Fan Box users. The app allowed users to control, multitask, and monitor various functions. It has become a hit. Apart from this, millions of software are built or designed by the developers, rendering our jobs easy with a click or tap on the screens. Bored to death? You log on to Facebook, you open an Instagram account for picture sharing. Longing for a deep heart to heart conversation with an old friend? Facetime right away. Baffled by some complicated vocabulary in English subject? Download the dictionary on your desktop. Quarantine has you upset? Let us play a game on your cell phone.
You name a hobby, be it reading, cooking, or shopping, various apps on your desktop or your mobile phones have you covered. Mobile apps, desktop apps, and browser apps are all some of the useful software, engineers or programmers design suiting individualistic needs. Apps like these are not meant for recreational reasons solely, they could be created for industrial usage of different machines and technical purposes. This software, meant to run on specific platforms, devices or operating systems are the native apps.
As mentioned above, the individualized need-based creation of the apps or software is called Native app development but what platforms are we talking about. So far the most prominent ones making all other operating systems obsolete are the Android and IOS for Apple devices. Apart from these different platforms could either be on Desktop, PC, Smart TVs, Mac, or mobile phones. This Cross-platform nature of the apps makes them versatile and suitable for every customer. You simply go to the Google Play or Apple Store to download your desired app. Smartphones are the most common and celebrated mode of usage for these native apps. Developers use development tools, languages, programming interfaces, and smart approaches to create native apps that serve customized usage.
For Android Native App Development consists of following tools,
- Android Software Development kit, Android Studio, and Integrated development environment
- Languages used are Java, Kotlin, and C++
- Command Line tools
- Android Jetpack
For Apple devices the tools that go into the making are,
- Mac Device
- Objective-C or Swift language
- IOS Software development kit
- Swift Playgrounds
- Test Flights
App Development Approach
You being a business, require apps and software that fit your demand pattern. There are commonly three known and prominent app development approaches,
- Hybrid App Development
- Native Mobile App Development
- Web App Development
Their development is different depending on their usage and the platforms they are run on.
Business Inclination Towards Mobiles
With most businesses now focusing on convenience, portability, agility, higher UX, flexibility, customization, and compatibility for customers, they incline towards native mobile development for its numerous benefits. While stating the obvious, mobile apps are much cheaper to download, easier to use, almost free most of the time, and carry no hassle of virus or bug systems. These apps easily by permission can access the contacts, photos, and gallery, etc. features on your mobile. Hybrid apps on the other hand require plugins and certain technical capabilities to function. Without getting into the fuss of plugins, most businesses, therefore, opt for native mobile apps.
Monitoring Native Apps
Yes, eventually the goal for every business is to ensure smooth, streamlined operations resulting in profitable outcomes. But how do businesses ensure that? They do so by monitoring their performance and mitigate the flaws in the system. Native Apps thus prove useful as they make monitoring for problems their primary goal in industrial usage. Monitoring of the native apps is done via following means
- Apps performance is seen and measured from a user’s point of view
- Monitor the customer virtual journey on your app
- Skimming the errors and glitches of the operating system
- Measure the metrics like usage time, launch time, the response time of the user, etc.
Using the sort of native app is all about the need of the business at a particular time and situation. Be it the native mobile app or the hybrid one, both are essential and meet different requirements. Cost-effectiveness, value for money, efficiency, and customer-centricity should however always be the focus.