Hybrid vs. native mobile app development
Native mobile apps are built for a specific mobile device operating system. That means iOS for Apple devices
or Android for the rest. Hybrid apps are built to work on both Apple and Android devices, using cross-platform
frameworks like Ionic or Flutter.
Native apps used to have a performance edge but Flutter has closed that gap.
It’s much cheaper and faster to develop one hybrid app than it is to develop two separate Android and iOS
apps. As a result, hybrid apps are the best way to go in most situations.
Progressive web application vs. mobile app development
Where mobile apps are installed on the device, progressive web applications run in the browser.
A progressive web application works well if you want people to be able to use your app on both mobile and
desktop. Maybe some of your customers prefer desktop to mobile, or maybe you want an admin tool so your team
can update content in the app themselves.
Progressive web applications are also quicker to get up and running because there’s no waiting for app store
approval; users can just download the app from your website.
On the other hand, mobile apps offer:
- the visibility and credibility you get from a listing in the app stores
- better ability to meet very high performance demands
- access to mobile platform analytics and customer feedback such as app store reviews.
Website vs. mobile app development
Maybe you don’t even need a mobile app. If your customers are going to be viewing content more than
completing tasks, then a responsive website optimised for mobile might be a better bet.
APIs and mobile app development
You may also need an API to integrate your app with the rest of your digital services, so you can keep the
data and experience consistent, or to give you access to a separate admin interface.