What is a Mobile App?

Mobile App
Mobile App

A Mobile App/ Application is a program that you download from Google Play or The App Store. You then install it on the phone and have access to any functionality the app provides. It is the same approach as when installing a program on your computer.

The apps can be games, utilities, social media, editing tools, or anything that anyone can dream up.


Type of Mobile Apps

Anyone wanting to build a mobile app will first have to start with the question, “What type of mobile app do I want to build?”

Based on the technology that is used when coding, there are three types of apps:

1. Native App

These are created for one specific platform or operating system.

In simple terms, you can either have a Native Android app or a Native iOS app. Because they are built specifically for one platform, there is no possibility of mixing and matching. An Android app can’t be used on an iPhone and an iOS app is ideally not made for and Android phone.

Technology Used: Native apps are coded using a variety of programming languages like Java, Kotlin, Python, Swift, Objective-C, C++, and React.

2. Web App

These are responsive versions of websites that can work on any mobile device or OS because they’re delivered using a mobile browser. These apps have the same function as the Native apps but these are accessed through a web browser on your mobile device.

Technology Used: Web apps are designed using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby, among others.

3. Hybrid App

These are combinations of both native and web apps. However, hybrid apps are wrapped within a native app, which makes these look and function like Native apps. These apps also have the ability to have their icon or be downloaded from an App Store.

Technology Used: Hybrid apps use a mixture of web technologies and native APIs. They’re developed using Ionic, Objective C, Swift, HTML5, and many others.


What type of Mobile App should I Develop?

The type of mobile app you want to be developed depends on several factors as discussed below:

  1. Build a Native App if you consider app performance your priority. Developing a Native app guarantees you speed, stability, and customization.
  2. Build a Web App if you are pressed for time and need an app at the earliest. Because there’s just one codebase, it speeds up development. In addition, having a web app means that your users will already have a mobile browser from which they can use your app.
  3. Build a Hybrid App if you are running low on both time and money. Building a Hybrid app lets you test the waters as you can take a Minimum Viable Product to the market within a few months and have users access it. And if that is successful, you can then go on to build a full-fledged native version later.

Depending on your needs and resources, Aerion Technologies can build you any or all types of Mobile Apps.

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