In the ever-evolving digital landscape, mobile apps have undeniably surged in popularity, becoming an integral part of our daily lives. From simplifying tasks to offering entertainment and connectivity, these apps have revolutionized the way we interact with technology.
However, as the app market continues to expand exponentially, not all apps are created equal. Native apps and web apps are two different approaches to developing mobile applications, each with its own set of advantages and limitations.
Native apps are specifically built for a particular mobile operating system (i.e. iOS or Android) and are coded using the programming languages and development tools supported by that platform (compared to web apps that are designed to run within a web browser and need internet connectivity to function).
Below are the primary advantages and disadvantages of building native mobile apps.
Advantages of Native Mobile Apps
- Performance — Native mobile apps are optimized for specific devices and operating systems, allowing them to run faster and smoother compared to web apps. Native apps can take advantage of the device’s hardware and system resources, leading to quicker load times and improved responsiveness, compared to web apps which lean on the browser and connectivity.
- Ability to work in offline mode — Native mobile apps can have a dedicated offline mode that provides essential functionality even without an internet connection. In this mode, users can perform certain actions or access specific features that don’t rely on real-time data synchronization. For example, remote team-members can update their work with or without an internet connection.
- Better user experience — Because native mobile apps adhere to the platforms design guidelines, native apps provide a familiar and intuitive user experience, ensuring that individuals feel at home with the app’s interface and navigation. Regardless of the device or device size, individuals will find it easier to seamlessly navigate and use the app. Another user experience advantage is the ability to send push notifications and engage users with timely and relevant updates, even when the app is not actively in use.
Disadvantages of Native Mobile Apps
- Build Cost & Time — Designing and developing native apps for multiple platforms (iOS and Android) requires separate development efforts and expertise in different programming languages or knowledge of various frameworks. This can lead to higher development costs and longer development timelines compared to building a web app that can be accessed on across any internet browser.
- Maintaining the App — With the need to build multiple code bases for the operating system, maintaining and updating native apps can be more complex and resource intensive. Each platform’s update may require separate testing and validation. This also adds into your build cost if you need to hire a specific developer with particular knowledge of the languages or framework you use.
- Publishing the App — Submitting native apps to app stores involves going through an approval process, which can sometimes result in delays if the app doesn’t meet specific guidelines or requirements. This process can also be stringent and may lead to rejections. With web-apps you don’t have this step and can publish freely.
Native App Development Without the Pains of Building Native Apps
With the Jigx Mobile App Platform, any developer can build native mobile apps without the need of multiple code bases or follow specific design principles for both Apple and Android devices. Compared to development frameworks like React Native or Flutter, Jigx apps are designed to be both visually appealing and easy to use for your users right out of the box, without the need of extensive code required from both frameworks.
If you are a developer wanting to build beautiful native mobile apps without all the extra code, or you need an app for your customers or internal team, get started now at www.jigx.com.