Sr. Front End Developer, Weboniselab
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In my opinion following points are applicable for Web and Native apps:
• Understanding of Native Apps:
An application is designed to run in the computer environment (machine language and OS). For example, it may contrast a native application that runs by itself with an interpreted one, such as a Java applet, that requires interpreter software in the machine. A native app may be contrasted with an emulated application written for a different platform and converted in real time to run. In addition, a native app may be contrasted with a Web application that is run within the browser.
GIA defines a native app as one that is specifically designed to run on a devices operating system and machine firmware, and typically needs to be adapted for different devices.
Native apps are specifically run on mobile devices
• Understanding of Web Apps:
A Web app, or browser application, is one in which all or some parts of the software are downloaded from the Web each time it is run. It can usually be accessed from all Web-capable mobile devices.It may refer to browser-based applications that run within the users Web browser or to rich client applications that resemble local applications.
• Difference Between the Two:
Recent study shows that usage volume and user engagement is higher on native apps as compared to Web Apps. Twice as many companies saw higher user adoption, usage volume and user engagement
Since the world is changing from Web to Mobile, Native apps are comparatively doing better than web apps. Many developers argue that the relatively poor user experience offered by currently available Web apps are due to a lack of access to native device features such as GPS, camera, calendar and accelerometer
For e.g.: Rather than creating two different apps GPS and Accelerometer, HTML5 can make it in a single Web App
But to argue with the above point, HTML5 can allow you to develop a single web app rather than multiple native apps. Since HTML5 is simple to use it can overcome hurdles of Native apps. For e.g.: HTML5 web apps can be accessed and used on any device via a web browser, much like a mobile website. These web apps also provide the capability for offline access and usage via application cache, meaning you dont have to have a network connection to use them.
Study also found that native apps deliver a higher click-through rate (CTR) among the ad-serving publishers, although experiences can vary by company and content category.
• Native apps: are mobile applications which are fast, reliable, and powerful but are tied to a mobile platform. Native apps are coded with a specific programming language (ObjectiveC for iOS, Java for Android). Mostly native apps are games and rest are calendar, GPS, aacelerometer etc.
• Web apps: Web apps are coded with many technologies like ROR, java, Joomlaetc which are browser based, but HTML5 is the most advanced version of the markup language that comes with various advantages that are required for web application development and are used by mobile users basically. Some notable advantages of HTML5 are-
HTML5 supports offline browsing of data, no plugins, descriptive semantics, richer media elements, improved code and geolocation support
In my opinion we cannot conflict between the two because it totally depends on the business need of a Company. For e.g.: If there is complexity involved in a particular app like if you want to create a payment gateway which can be done only through native device, it cannot be done through HTML5. So the decision is purely based on business need
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