Web App vs. Mobile App: What Sort of Application Do You Really Need?

The whole “App” business is kind of confusing. When most people think “Apps” they think of the applications that are downloaded and installed on a mobile device. This is, in fact, one type of app that are classified as a native app. Usually you have to go to the Apple App Store, Android Google Play market or Blackberry App World to find and download these applications.

But there are also applications that are pulled up within a browser that are considered “web apps” and are commonly used. Web applications often have similar functionality to native apps but have a lot more benefits to them and are often easier to access. We run into a lot of companies who say they need an “app” and are thinking they want a native application. Most of the time they actually need a web application and that is what we develop at Voltz Software.

The web applications we build are still database-driven and able to be viewed and used from a mobile device (such as an iPhone, Android phone or an iPad). From a user perspective, web applications can be easier to use and can be developed as a database-driven web application.

So what exactly can web applications do? Essentially, you can customize a web application to do just about anything you want. We specialize in creating web applications that operate business software. Key areas of our our software are:

Because we build web applications instead of native applications, our software systems are accessible on any modern, internet connected device. This makes it easy for a business owner and their staff members to access the systems when and where they need to.

Here are some additional benefits to developing a web application verses a native mobile application:

  • Investment: Native mobile apps tend to be more expensive to develop and maintain long-term than web applications.
  • Immediacy & Ease of use: Users usually find web applications easier to use because they have a web-based link to access the application. (Native apps are restricted to manufacturer app stores for access.)
  • Compatibility: Web applications are created to be used across many different types of devices including desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices. However, native applications require different versions of the application for each type of device.
  • Ability to Share: Because web applications have a single link to the application, these types of web applications are easier to share among organizations and team members.
  • Ability to Update: Web applications can be updated instantly and those updates are automatically rolled out once the changes are made. With a native app, the changes have to be downloaded for an update to take affect.

The “native app vs. web app” argument will continue to grow as technology develops, however the solution all comes back to your needs and goals as a company. When discussing your options with a software development company, the best solution depends on what you want an application to do short and long-term. From there you can weigh the pros and cons and come up with the best solutions for your company.

Still confused about what your company needs? Discuss it with us.

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