Web Apps vs Native Apps: Which one to Choose?

Web Apps vs Native Apps: Which one to Choose?




Basically, there are two kinds of Apps. One is Native Apps which are installed directly on OS and the other one is Web Apps which are hosted on a server and are accessed by an URL. Both have their pros and cons. If you are planning to be an App developer which approach is right for you? Web Apps or Native Apps? Let's find out in this article.


What is a Web App?

For me personally, a web app is basically a website that is optimized to run on any platform. These platforms can be Smartphones, Desktop PC's, or any other. Web apps are hosted on the live server and are accessed by an URL. In Web Apps, the site content is generally dynamic. 

Web apps are generally built using web standard technologies such as HTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, Bootstrap, PHP, and many more. Web apps allow developers to create stunning effects that are Loved by the users.


Pros of Web Apps development

  • In web apps, development developers can use their existing authoring tools.
  • You can use your existing designing knowledge to design the app
  • You don't have to worry about compatibility issues as your app will run on any device that has a web browser installed on it.
  • In web apps development you can fix bugs in real-time.
  • The development cycle of a web app is fast which saves a lot of time for the developer.


Cons of Web app development

  • In web apps development you cannot access all the core hardware features of the phone.
  • In web apps, sometimes there can be difficulty in achieving sophisticated UI effects


What is a Native App?

Unlike web apps, native apps are directly installed on the phone that is the operating system. Native apps allow you to interact with the device's hardware features search a camera, GPS, and various other sensors. Native apps are generally developed using technologies like Java and Kotlin. Unlike web apps, accessing a native app is much simpler you don't have to you type a URL instead you just have to click the app icon that is installed.


Pros of Native App Development

  • The most important advantage of developing a native app is that you can access all the hardware features of the Phone.
  • Native app development is more convenient and user friendly as users like to access the apps and services that are just one click away


Cons of native app development

  • To develop an Android app you have to learn the particular programming language.
  • Your App will run only on the devices that run that particular OS for which you are developing.
  • In Native apps development, the development cycle is considerably slow because you have to develop the app then compile it, then debug and check for errors and then deploy.

Comparison chart of Web Apps Development vs Native Apps  Development



 Conclusion
In my opinion, both are the best. It depends on the situation and the condition for which you are developing. 

What do you think about native apps and Web Apps? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. That's it for now see you in the next one. Cheers!

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