App Development

HTML5 Mobile Apps

HTML5 apps can work on different mobile platforms. Technically, an HTML5 mobile app is a web page that works like an app but most of the people make it from PSD to HTML5.

 

Advantages

  • Reduced costs and time building apps
  • Business consistency across platforms
  • These apps are easier to maintain as compared to native apps

 

Disadvantages

  • HTML 5 apps cannot benefit from the upgrade features of the respective platforms
  • Difficult to manage for large and heavy apps (like gaming)
  • HTML5 apps cannot be used when offline
  • These apps run on a browser and lack the desired quality from an UX perspective

 

Hybrid Mobile Apps

Hybrid mobile apps development uses a combination of Native and HTML5 development methodologies to develop applications that have the advantages of both. These apps are available on different platforms and can be downloaded from the respective app stores.

 

Advantages

  • These apps do not require approval and can be updated while the users are using them
  • The application is consistent across platforms
  • Common web analytics tools can be used to analyse the traffic on hybrid apps
  • Reduced costs and time

 

Disadvantages

  • Hybrid apps cannot benefit from the upgrade features of the respective platforms
  • Difficult to manage for large and heavy apps (like gaming)
  • The UX quality of Hybrid apps does not match that of Native

 

Native Apps

Apps that are platform specific. For example, Android or iOS are called native apps. Native apps have a specific development environment and they are built within that only.

 

Advantages

  • These apps can be downloaded from the App store and can be used instantly by the end user. Simple management for both developer and the user.
  • Native apps integrate with mobile device features like camera, location, address book, etc. These apps also integrate with other apps to benefit from additional features.
  • There is a huge community out there to help Native App developers build better apps. Native apps are relatively more secure.
  • Native apps are developed in the respective environment and benefit from the upgrades in the respective platforms.

 

Disadvantages

  • It is restricted to a particular platform.
  • Native apps require more investment as it requires separate resources to design, develop and maintain apps for all the respective platforms.
  • Managing native apps is difficult, as any changes that need to be done have to go through a repeated process for all three platforms.