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Application Battles: Web, Native and Hybrid

You have the most brilliant idea for an app and you’re about to take the brave step of bringing this idea to life. You probably have 1000 questions, but let’s start with what kind of app you’re wanting to build.

In this article we’ll be breaking down the different options you have when it comes to deciding how exactly you’ll be able to execute your million dollar idea!

Here are your options:

  1. Web application – an app that you can access straight from a web browser.
  2. Native mobile application – an app that you download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, that uses iOS and Android proprietary development tools.
  3. Hybrid mobile application – an app that you download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, that uses web development tools.

We’ll help you dissect the pros and cons of each of these options, so you’ll be able to make the most informed decision possible.

Web Application

Web applications are those that you are able to use from a simple web browser. They’re simple but versatile, so they are quite powerful. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons.

Pros:

Cheapest Costs:

Since web applications simply require web technologies, they are less complex to build compared to mobile applications. So, comparably it will be the cheapest option.

Access across all devices:

Web applications are not limited to just one device, all users need to access your app is an internet connection and a browser. That means that the app can be used on both desktop and mobile platforms.

Cons:

Limited functionality:

Web technologies are diverse and extensive enough to create many functionalities. However, these apps are not able to access mobile features such as camera, photo gallery, and notifications.

No offline storage:

The benefit of mobile applications is that they’re able to store data, so users can access the app offline if they want to. However, web apps rely on the internet, so no internet means no access.

Less convenient for the mobile user:

In order to access your app, a mobile user will have to enter your URL to their web browser. Comparably, a downloaded app can be opened from the simply tap of an icon on their home screen.

Examples of Web Applications:

MyInterview: https://ebpearls.com.au/portfolio/myinterview/

Hostmaker: https://ebpearls.com.au/portfolio/hostmaker/

 

Native Mobile Application

Native mobile applications are those that you can download off the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. They are developed using iOS and Android specific languages. What does this mean for you? If you’re after a powerful and high-quality mobile application, native is your answer. But let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons.

Pros:

Best performance:

Since native applications are written specifically for the platforms they are placed on, they have been optimised for speed. In a world that is all about engaging short attention spans, this is a paramount advantage.

Extensive functionalities possible:

The iOS and Android platforms have been developed to include a huge array of features that take advantage of mobile software and hardware. This means that you’ll be able to integrate whatever features your heart desires.

Best user experience:

There are certain user interface design patterns that have been developed for each mobile platform, so users will feel quite at home using your mobile application.

Cons:

Most expensive to create:

The main reason native mobile apps are costly is because it requires developing on two different platforms and therefore requires two different programming skillsets. Additionally, increased complexity also means more components and more time to be invested to create the app.

Examples of Native Applications:

Hum Hospitality: https://ebpearls.com.au/portfolio/hum/

Tradepapers: https://ebpearls.com.au/portfolio/tradepaper/

Health Synergy: https://ebpearls.com.au/portfolio/health-synergy/

Hybrid Mobile Application

Hybrid mobile applications are exactly what you think they are – they combine the best of the web and native app development has to offer. It might be an attractive option for smaller scale projects.

Pros:

Feels like a native app:

Users download the app from their respective app stores and when opened, it looks exactly like a native app. Even though the app is written in web languages, no one is the wiser if your design is robust.

Access to some native capabilities:

Hybrid mobile apps have the ability to access native features such as the camera, gallery, calendar, and notifications. This means more capabilities than web applications.

Cons:

Slow performance:

Since hybrid mobile applications essentially add an additional layer on top of the mobile application, they will not perform as well as native applications. The lag time depends on the complexity of the app and the internet connection of the user. This is probably the biggest drawback of hybrid applications.

Uncertainty surrounding application approval:

It may not be a smooth ride for an app to be approved for release to the app stores if the app does not adhere to the rules set by Apple.

Takeaways

Here’s a handy little chart that summarises the comparisons between web, mobile, and hybrid app development:

hybrid web native comparison

 

If you’re in need of someone to create your web, native or hybrid applications, you’re in luck! EB Pearls is a full-service web and mobile app design and development agency. We can help you strategise, build and launch your brilliant app! Contact one of our representatives here or call us on 1800 857 679.

 

Hosted Ecommerce Application Benefits

While consumers spend billions of dollars each year, purchasing goods or services through online retailers or agents, it takes more than just a website and a product to gain your share of online revenue. Thanks to advancements in design, technology and security, consumers have come to expect a great deal out of their online shopping experience; failing to meet these expectations can cost you money, both in lost revenue, and in the case of a major security breach, your business. A hosted ecommerce application, from a reputable, experienced agency, can help provide a secure, trusted environment for your customers in addition to a number of other benefits.

What is an Ecommerce Application?

In simple terms, this type of application is often known as a shopping cart, but the application itself is quite complex, with a number of variables and advanced features to allow you to customize the application to suit your needs.

Benefits and Features of a Hosted Ecommerce Application

Around the clock support. Unlike a brick and mortar store, online consumers have access to your goods and services 24/7, from within a variety of different time zones. It’s unrealistic for many small to medium-sized businesses to find the time, or the manpower to monitor their website day and night, so partnering with a reliable host with around the clock support for technical issues is crucial.

Access to the latest technology. Hosted applications can provide you with the latest and greatest technology, which is seamlessly upgraded as it becomes available.

Flexibility and scalability. As your businesses changes and grows, so do your needs. One of the greatest benefits of a hosted ecommerce application, is the support and knowledge you can expect to receive when you’re ready to expand or make any changes necessary to remain competitive.

Decrease in downtime. Frequent downtime can have a negative impact on your sales, and your reputation. While no one can guarantee you 100 percent uptime, the advanced software and high speed connections your host provides, can get you as close as 99.9 percent.

Exceptional security. In the wrong hands, the financial and personal information required to make a typical online transaction can be used for fraudulent purposes. Hackers, computer viruses and identity theft are genuine concerns, that must be addressed to protect both you, and your customers. A reputable ecommerce hosting provider will maintain a secure environment, including firewall protection, 24/7 monitoring, digital certificates and SSL support.

Gaining the trust and respect of your online market is the best way to ensure repeat business, and to elevate your company to the next level. EB Pearls is a full service agency, that can help you establish a successful online presence, with unparalleled expertise in every aspect of the design process, from web design to hosted ecommerce application and everything in between.