Native vs Web Applications

In the initial stages of developing an app, one of the first decisions that need to be made is either building a native or web application. A good resource to use when making the choice is a mobile app design and development company, as they have experience working with each alternative.

The decision between a native and web application is based on the type of functionality and overall budget of the project. Understanding the positives and negatives of each one, then matching it to your individual project. If the whole field is a foreign concept to you, relying on a mobile app developer may need to become a higher priority.

Native Application

A native app is an application that has been developed particularly for a single mobile device and is then installed directly onto the device. These applications are then able to be downloaded through different marketplaces, such as Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Some of the benefits of a native application are the full support from app stores, the built in features allow for the app to work more easily and faster, the intent to be more safe and secure, and a general ability to be successful for developers.

Although with these benefits, a major drawback is the cost. On average, to build a native app is more expensive the the alternative route. This expense comes from both the cost of developing and the cost of maintaining the app.

Another hurdle for native applications is the tendency for the development and approval process to be long and drawn out. In addition, it may also take time to gain exposure and favorability amongst users.

Since building a native application is an expensive and time consuming process, making sure you invest in the right app development agency is critical for the success of the app.

Web Application

A web based application is an internet-enabled app which is accessible through a mobile device web browser. This allows for the ability to not need to download the app on the mobile device in order to be accessed by the user.

Unlike native applications, web applications are much more simple and easier to maintain, due the fact they have common code bases on the mobile platforms. Additionally, they are able to be changed in a way to fit an older device more easily.

Some of the downsides to a web application lack of discover and safety associated with the web app due to the app not being in the app store. More importantly, web application can have a limited scope in accessing the device’s features.


Deciding on the type of application requires knowledge of the pros and cons to both of these. In order to adequately consider the two, utilizing a IT strategy consulting service may be key in making the right decision.

Regardless of route you choose, you need an experienced mobile application development company to build an app that is functional and designed properly.

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Native vs Web Applications

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