You can be more productive with mobile apps, but before you start building them, let’s learn about types of mobile apps!


Mobile apps have greatly contribution to the development of smartphones and tablets, and mobile apps are appealing more interest from many companies. For many organizations, developing mobile apps is a worthwhile way to spend time and money because these apps can help boost employees' productivity. With a mobile application, everything is going much easier. Users can achieve a business process in just an eyeblink. Nevertheless, each kind of app has challenges. Businesses may need to spend more money for native applications or lessen some functionality to build Web apps.


So what is mobile application development?

“Mobile application development is the procedure involved in writing software for devices such as smartphones and tablets. Developers write mobile apps to take advantage of certain devices' specific features, such as the iPhone's accelerometer.”


Native apps for a devices means the code is specific to that device's processor.

The disadvantage of native mobile app development is that code from one OS can not be reused to another. Particularly, the native app code for an Android device is not compatible with a Windows Phone. Otherwise, browser-based apps are device-agnostic; therefore, they can run in the mobile browsers on various devices.


What should I consider before developing mobile apps?

When developing mobile apps, keep in mind some essential points below. Find out what they need and know what your developers can do. Decide whether a BYOD model or corporate-owned devices will be used, and determine which Operating Systems to be supported.

You should also look into how is the cost for your app, and see the similar-functionality apps on the market for reference. Even at first the app is not perfect, you can often modify it gradually to achieve your requirements. Mobile app development is great for very specific business processes, but it can be cheaper and easier to volume purchase apps and be deployed to users. When the app is launched, listen to the feedbacks and find ways to improve it.


Which is better: Native or Web-based apps?

With native mobile app development, the same apps have to be built many times so it will run on multiple Operating Systems. But because a device's features can be utilized, hence companies often go for native mobile app. Otherwise, Web-based platforms such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript often make mobile app development faster and cheaper, and for mobile app developers, only one app is needed to run across various mobile platforms. The device features can not be utilized in web-based apps like in native ones.

Moreover, Hybrid mobile apps can be another option which combines the best parts of Web and native app development. However, there may be performance issues to face with, and because not all mobile browser fully supports HTML5, support for hybrid apps across devices can be fluctuating.