Depending on the business objectives and overall product goals, this decision can determine the success of your mobile strategy. There are a number of considerations to consider when deciding to build a mobile product as either a web, native, or hybrid app. In this comparative article, we've examined all three options and at the end of the post, we've included an infographic outlining the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
How is a web app different from a website? Websites typically provide more information than a web app can display, so a web app condenses the content of the website to improve its functionality. Web apps load into browsers such as Chrome, Safari, and Firefox and do not need to be downloaded from app stores such as native mobile apps. Also, the web app does not occupy the storage on the user's device.
If your goal is to deliver mobile-friendly content to a wide range of users, web apps can be a good development path. Web apps are a cost-effective way to get your product into the hands of many users. Keep in mind that the standards of user experience and functionality for users are very high and may not be available in web apps. Users are easily dissatisfied with performance and ease of use issues such as load times, small images, and network availability.
How do you build a web app?