A WebApp is a web-based application developed with HMTL5, CSS3 and JQuery Mobile for use on mobile devices such as SmartPhones or Tablets. They are applications that can be executed on multiple platforms, without this meaning a native application on different platforms, since they do not use the operating system of the computer, but the browser of the same for its execution. This means that they are not installed in the device and get an operating experience very similar to the native, but they require constant connection to the Internet. The development cost will be made only once for multiple platforms, but it must be optimized in each of them to obtain the best performance of each environment. The use of Market Places is not required for distribution.
A Native App is an application developed with specific tools so that these are executed in the native operating system of each device. These applications can access the operating systems of the mobile equipment to facilitate the use of devices such as compass, camera, mail, GPS, etc. These applications are installed on the device and usually make optimal use of mobile functionality.
As these applications are installed on the device, they do not need to be connected to the Internet, but they will demand a Market. Place from where they perform the installation process. This type of applications will usually be faster in its execution than a WebApp. The cost of generating an application on multiple platforms will depend on how many of them we choose, since the development should be done in each of them.
Differences between WebApp and Nativa App
Let's see the main characteristics between one type of development and another to review & nbsp; what advantage / disadvantage each of these alternatives offers us:
The main advantage of the WebApp with respect to the Nativa App is that by definition this type of application is multiplatform, thanks to the fact that it runs on any browser that supports HTML5. This supposes a saving in the effort and cost of developing an application that we wish to execute in multiple devices, compared with the native development.
Nowadays the Market Places are They have become the perfect promotion platform to reach millions of users. Among the most used sites are the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android applications.
End User Experience
One second difference can be the basis for a user of a mobile device makes the decision to stop using or uninstalling an application. Here the advantage is the Native App, in addition to not requiring a good Internet connection, which is the main disadvantage of the Web App, and in the long run may present higher costs due to the use of broadband that this represents.
Access to Native Functionalities
Of the main advantage that we identify between a Web App and a Native App, is that the Nativa App has the enormous power to make use of the devices integrated to the equipment , such as the camera, compass, GPS, sound, etc.
So ... WebApp or Native App?
A native application has the best features of execution, validation and interaction with devices that a Web App; but it is also the most expensive option if it is a development on multiple platforms. According to this, it is necessary that we analyze the final use of the application, the devices that we are interested in reaching, and clearly establish a budget for the development of the same. This will allow us to make a better decision about what kind of development will be necessary.