Things to be consider before creating new app – Nowadays more than 48 million American people use their smartphones every day to consult social networks, get advice, buy online,… The reluctance connected to cellular payment is evaporating to let” m-commerce” gradually settle into customers’ buying habits.
In China in 2019, among the most innovative countries in this region, more than 75 percent of online transactions undergo mobile phones! Today it’s becoming essential for organizations to ask themselves the question of the usefulness of developing a mobile application for their commercial activity. Among the technologies that are present, how do you see to look at the most acceptable? Do you necessarily require a massive budget to come up with an”program” that satisfies both your business objectives and the expectations of your clients?
In this report, you will understand the challenges behind every technology to choose the solution that best fits your business…
Native Application Much Better Than Complex Projects
First, let’s take a look at the major technologies for mobile application development. Indeed, it is above all an evolution of languages from the beginning to adapt to the evolving functionalities of the mobile.
“In the beginning, there was the native”. It all started with the native application. Native applications are developed specifically for a defined operating system:
- IOS at Apple,
- Android from Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Sony, Xiaomi, Wiko, Honor,
- Microsoft Windows Phone ,
- BlackBerry OS .
Each of these operating systems uses what is called a software development kit , a SDK (Software Development Kit) which is specific to it.To create a mobile application, you must then use the programming language compatible with the desired operating system (OS).Today the 2 most used “OS” remain IOS and Android which use respectively the programming languages Swift (formerly Objective C) and Kotlin (Android Java).
What Are The Advantages of Native Applications
The main advantage of the native application is its reaction time . By optimizing the code, it makes it possible to create a high- performance and tailor-made application and to develop advanced functionalities adapted to user needs. It is therefore ideal for the most complex projects.Because the app is installed directly in the memory of the mobile, it is stable, responsive and uses all its modules quickly and perfectly, sometimes even without an internet connection.
Drawbacks of Native applications
- Developers capable of creating a native application are rare. So they are expensive.
- The codes being radically different from one OS to another, it is necessary to double the development costs to be present on Appel and on Android.
- Developers are forced to adapt to the code imposed by Apple and Google which is constantly evolving.
- Native applications depend on “stores” (application distribution stores: AppStore / Google Play, etc.), which complicates developments and updates.
- Also, these significant costs and these strong constraints necessary to create a native application have given birth to new technologies.
Alternatives of Native Apps
The web app is nothing more or less than a website created for mobile support . It uses UX codes from native applications and uses technologies such as HTML5 or CSS3. It is therefore compatible with all browsers .
No download or update is necessary, which avoids “polluting” the memory of the device.It is also more open to developments and presents no problem of compatibility with mobile operating systems .The web application mobilizes few financial resources as its development and deployment are quick and easy. It therefore represents an inexpensive solution for reaching mobile Internet users.
The use of the phone’s functionality remains limited with the web app, thus offering a more basic , less intuitive and less interactive user experience.Being created for mobile web browsers (Safari, Google Chrome etc.), it however requires an internet connection to function .Creating a web application is ideally suited to complex projects that do not require the use of the many internal functions of the mobile (GPS, camera, address book, etc.).Similarly, there are no possibilities for push notifications, alerts or tablets on the device and the speed of execution is slower as it depends on the internet speed. It is also not optimized for all screen formats.
What else You must Remember
Apple has been announcing for several years the end of support for applications running in the web component of the iOS framework. The architecture of Ionic / Cordova is therefore going to disappear, most certainly from the next version of iOS (14)!
Creating a hybrid mobile application has several advantages
- Ease and speed of development,
- Lower costs than creating a native application by playing on pooling,
- Easier scalability of the application since the application is downloaded to the mobile medium…
However, certain drawbacks cannot be excluded and must be taken into account in your consideration:
The performance will be lower than that of a native application and in particular its reactivity,A need for maintenance is to be expected
Conclusion – The code is less optimized than in the native which does not allow to touch a more extensive use of its features.The hybrid application works like a “web app” with the difference that it is encapsulated in a native application, therefore present on the phone screen like any other application.“Bridges” easily connect the hybrid app to the vast majority of phone functions. That’s why it is halfway between the web app and the native .Developed in HTML5, it appears in a browser (webview) via a “wrapper” (generally Cordova ).