The new reality we are experiencing maximized the need to develop software in order to automate processes in small businesses here in Miami and the whole world. Or just developing applications for innovating our business model, and making it more profitable and sustainable over time despite challenging factors such as the pandemic. You can do this with a web software, a mobile app or even a cross-platform system.
Let's know the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of software development project.
Mobile apps are built for a specific platform, such as Android for a Samsung Galaxy or iOS for the iPhone. You can download them and install them by an app store and they have access to system features like the camera or the GPS. These apps live and run on the device itself. Instagram, Twitter and TikTok are some examples of popular mobile apps. Web apps, on the other hand, are accessed by browser and will adapt to any device you’re using them on. They don’t need to be downloaded or installed and they’re not native to any specific system. Due to their responsive nature, they have a similar look and functionality to many mobile applications— which may lead to some confusion.
A web application is a software program that runs on a web server. Unlike the traditional desktop applications that are launched by your operating system, web apps have to be accessed through a web browser. Web apps have a lot of advantages over desktop applications. Because they run inside web browsers, developers don’t need to develop web apps for multiple platforms. For example, an app that runs in Chrome will also work on both Mac OS and Windows. Developers do not need to distribute software updates to users when the web app is updated. By updating the application on the server, all users will have access to the latest version.
The differences between developing a native mobile application and developing one for the web were previously very significant, but over time those differences decrease until they seem imperceptible.
It is still different, and there are slight advantages and disadvantages, but today we cannot say that in general one is better than the other. It all depends on the scale of your project and what your needs are. It is best to consult an expert on the subject.
Some things to take in consideration to make a decision:
Capabilities: Hardware intensive applications are recommended to be developed as Mobile Native Apps as the tools have a more direct access to the devices Hardware. Web Apps still have some limitations accessing device resources like Bluetooth, compass, file system, etc. If you want to develop a video call application there is no tool at the moment that can work both in Mobile Apps and Web Apps.
Time to market: Web applications take significantly less time to be released. This is not only true for putting features faster due to the extensive popularity, communities and tools for web resources, but also because they skip the process of approval from the apps stores.
Product Maturity: If you plan to play a lot with users and features, we recommend going with a web application. Iterate, add or remove features on a Web application is faster than in a Mobile app, even if it is just for Android or iOS. Also the waste is less.
Budget: Developing a Mobile App tends to be as expensive or more expensive than a web application, both development activities and testing activities. This depends on the context too, but consider that, there are many more different mobile screens than desktop resolutions, and there are more differences between Android and IOS as operating systems than between different browsers, even in different operating systems.
Advantages of React Native include:
High performance and speed like native apps Compatible with 3rd-party plugins Live reloading feature Fluid and well responsive UI Good development environment Not prone to bugs Speedy debugging of code Large community
We actually prefer it.
Flutter is a new framework developed by Google. Using it, you can develop quickly and easily an app for Android, iOs, or web, for adapting it later to other platforms with very few changes.
It works great, and it's partly because it feels like native because it incorporates good features and gestures.
To help you better, we share the following video about this technology and some of the benefits it has.
It works across all platforms Availability of over 5,000 APIs Live reloading feature Available client-side marketplace modules and cloud-based services It has very large community support
Currently, Xamarin is one of the top rated technologies used for cross/platform app development. Notably, developers have the alternative of writing or rewriting the code in other languages such as C, C#, and .Net frameworks, making it a match and fit for products and technologies made by Microsoft. Lastly, Xamarin also enhances a UI toolkit for cross-platforming that compiles codes, irrespective of the native interface.
Other Xamarin’s advantages include:
Fewer bugs High performance Support for MVC and MVVM patterns of design The same user interface as native Automatic test by TestCloud Common app logic Self component store Large community support
Advantages of Apache Cordova:
Actually, it could be either. It all depends on the needs of your business and also the budget you count on, because it’s more expensive to develop a native app for each platform than developing for a cross platform or for the web. The answer will first define how you visualize your project, what tools you have, budget, even what features you want to incorporate, and other factors that as a founder or as a manager of your small business you must know to make the right decision. The first step is to contact us, and we will gladly help you select the type of application that best suits you from a technical point of view, whether mobile or web application.