Albeit native apps are doing a pretty good job, but with the advancing mobile and web technology, it seems that web apps will soon become a much sought after choice. In this article, I will throw some light over the factors that are greatly leverage the sustainability of web apps in the future.
First, let’s understand the two broad categories that are, native and mobile web application.
Native Application at glance
Build to run over a particular mobile device, native apps can efficiently integrate the mobile-specific feature like built-in camera, GPS, etc., for enhanced functionalities. Thus, it could be an expensive and cumbersome task, if one would like to create an app to target the diversified mobile user base.
Web Application at a glance
These are the Internet enabled applications that can be accessed over mobile web browsers without even downloading. These are developed by using the HTML5, CSS 3 and so forth web technologies. They can seamlessly perform on the compliant web browsers. Since, web applications have not been restricted to a particular mobile platform, the same app can be accessed from any mobile platform (thus, these are also known as cross-platform apps).
However, this can’t be denied that currently, the native app is a superior choice but, with a few more advancement the web applications will be all set to rule the application roost in the coming future.
Let’s explore the factors that ensure that web apps will rule the ground in the future.
Viable Development Cost and Time
As the advancement in the web app development is expected, the native app development will also improve. Thus, it is possible that the native app development cost and time may fall substantially. But, one thing is for sure that as far as multiple screens are concerned, web apps will always offer a surefire solution. Because for developing separate native apps to target diversified mobile devices, an additional cost and time will be incurred.
Delivering astonishing UX
While going with the flow of the ongoing trends, it can be said that native apps deliver better user experience as they are deeply integrated into the phone. It thus, offers a polished look and feel for consistent performance. However, it is pretty hard for a web application to boast captivating aesthetics and amazing UX.
Whether it is native or web appp, the Internet is required in both the situations (in case of native, the Internet connection is mandatory to download an app and fetch its updates). So, it’s better to keep things simple with only web apps. Moreover, with the developing web technologies, it is anticipated that the things will turn better in the future. As, HTML 6 and 7 will definitely offer more advanced services and improved battery life of the devices. Thus, web applications will also be able to deliver a remarkable UX.
Fetching App updates
In this field, web app development already trumps native apps. It has been often observed that native app users are pretty infrequent in using an updated app. As a result, the user base of native apps is certainly extended over numerous versions. On the contrary, it is virtually impossible to possess an outdated web application. Whenever a web app will be executed, its latest version will be loaded.
Effective and Efficient App Monetization
Application Monetization is a critical process that is often essential to make applications more lucrative. Since, native apps are deeply integrated with the targeted mobile devices, the device vendors’ restrictions may curb you while integrating ads from certain networks in an app. However, the web applications are free from such limitations. Albeit, in the case of web apps, you will need to create your very own payment system as app stores won’t handle your commissions and revenue.
Interfacing with mobile Hardware
Although, this is absolutely true that native applications are superior than web applications when hardware integration is considered. But this thing is likely to change in the future. With the fierce competition between the mobile platforms and rising demand for secure and incredible applications, it is anticipated that the web apps will become a more viable choice.
The native apps can be easily searched and downloaded from an application store. And, the Google Play store, Apple App store and more are the OS-specific stores that offer a plethora of applications. On the contrary, as the web apps are not restricted to a particular platform, they are not marketed under such specific app stores. With the assured presence of the secured web browsers into the mobile platforms, it can be expected that steaming web apps can threatened native apps. Thus, likely to encourage independent retailer to create app stores to augment the web app market.
Therefore, no more comparisons for which are better will be needed. By considering the aforementioned aspects and assuming a better web development in the future, it can be said that web apps will offer a sustainable mobile solution in the coming years.