How to choose the right technology for my mobile app?

So, you have an idea for a mobile app and are now looking for the right technology? We’ve got you covered. Read this guide to the most important mobile development technologies to explore your options and choose the technology that will make your app successful.

Native apps

Native apps are built for specific mobile operating systems using their designated technologies. This is why they’re called native — they’re native to an operating system or device. Most native apps are built for the two most popular operating systems — Android and iOS.

Benefits of native apps:

  • The main advantage is the high performance and outstanding user experience, thanks to the use of native device UI.

Disadvantages of native apps:

  • Users can only download and install native applications from app stores that have a strict publishing process.

Web app

Web applications can work similarly to native mobile apps and be available on mobile devices. However, web apps run inside internet browsers and are written using web development tools such as CSS, HTML5, or JavaScript. They redirect to a given URL and then provide users with the option to install the app, creating a bookmark on their page.

Benefits of web apps:

  • They require minimum device memory and don’t need to pass the app publishing process in an app store. Users don’t need to download them on their phones.

Disadvantages of web apps:

  • Since all data is saved on servers, users can only take advantage of the application if they’re connected to the internet. Otherwise, a web app might deliver a poor user experience.

Hybrid apps

A mobile hybrid application is developed with the help of web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, and HTML 5. It’s basically a web app locked in a native wrapper.

Benefits of hybrid apps:

  • Developing them is easy and fast.

Disadvantages of hybrid apps:

  • Hybrid applications often lack speed and performance.

Cross-platform apps

Cross-platform mobile development is one of the most popular approaches to building mobile apps today. By adopting this approach, developers can build apps for different iOS and Android using a single codebase. This helps to save time, money, and effort.

Benefits of cross-platform apps

  • Faster and cheaper development.

Disadvantages of cross-platform apps

  • Potentially slower performance than native apps.

Cross-platform technologies you need to know:

  • Progressive Web App (PWA) — PWA apps are nothing else than websites that mimic the behavior of native apps. They can work offline, send push notifications, and be added to the home screen of mobile devices. However, PWAs might consume more battery and won’t be able to access all of the device features you might need.

We hope this article helps you in finding the best mobile app development technology for your project. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us — our team of skilled experts can assist you in any mobile development issue.

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