Mobile application development in India is now a booming business. There are many individuals as well as companies that offer mobile app development services in India. If you are one such app developer then here are some concepts to understand.
Native apps are designed specifically for a particular device and can be accessed through icons present on the home screen. They are downloaded from the app store such as android play store or apple app store. They are designed with the intention of serving any one particular platform. They will have access to the device’s features such as camera, GPS, contacts etc. They might also use gestures and are capable of working offline. If you are looking for wide range of accessibility then native apps will make for a good choice. It can also be used without a network connection. The user interface provided by these are much preferred to those provided by the web and hybrid apps. However, it is a little difficult to maintain these apps.
Web apps are unlike regular apps and are more or less treated as websites. They are accessed through a browser and written using HTML5. Users access these like they would access any other web page. They will be given the option of installing it on their homepage so that it is easier to access. They come with their own set of accessibility options but might not provide as much access as other types of apps. However, these are easier to maintain and much cheaper as compared to native apps.
Hybrid apps are a combination of native and web apps. Most companies use hybrid apps as wrappers for existing apps. That way, they do not have to spend too much on building a new app. Hybrid apps provide cross-platform development, which is great for designers to use. Different types of hybrid apps are provided for different platforms such as android and iOS. The native aspect of hybrid apps will allow you to access several inbuilt features such as camera, GPS etc.