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    Guide on Choosing a Precise Application Development Platform

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    Application Development Guide

    The application world has changed the way we handle our day-to-day activities. Web and Mobile apps have not only given us a new space with limitless business opportunities, but has played a key role in building a life which is more connected.

    While the app development market seems enormous, it is also somewhat unclear. The very first question what type of application development technology should you opt for is blurred and has no concrete answer. However, there are multiple factors that play an important role in app development decision-making. This article offers key insights that will help you determine which type of application development platforms can be beneficial to you.

    Mobile Cloud Apps

    The benefits of data sharing and subscription based billing are very impressive, which has forced desktop applications to have a cloud element. Software leaders have listed cloud migration to be the topmost priority of 2016.

    Mobile cloud apps are similar to web applications. There is no need of downloading or installing them on mobile devices. Users can view and access mobile cloud app UI in a browser window using a remote device. Advanced tools and frameworks are easily accessible and deployment of Mobile cloud apps is fairly simple. They also offer ease of porting to multiple devices.

    BENEFITS OF CLOUD APPS

    • Keeps capital and operational cost to minimum
    • Being a managed service platform, they are more consistent and steady
    • Maintenance is easy and simple as centrally operated
    • Allows you to focus on business objectives rather on technology issues

    SHORTCOMINGS OF CLOUD APPS

    • Internet connection is always required to access the application
    • Giving access of key data and files to service providers might be risky Difficulties faced while migrating the services from one vendor to the other

    Native Apps

    Native apps are developed precisely for the selected platforms. Native mobile applications can access features like the GPS, camera and accelerometer for a better user experience (UX). They get complete assistance and support from the related app stores. Users can search and download them.

    Native apps are good option for developers, who can get access to SDK and required development tools. They support multiple devices and API’s without any programming restrictions.

    BENEFITS OF NATIVE APPS

    • Offers a seamless experience to its users
    • Are high on performance and support front-end presentation
    • Can work offline and support device notification systems
    • Follow required guidelines and standards related to each platform

    SHORTCOMINGS OF NATIVE APPS

    • Need separate app version to work on multiple platforms
    • Is not fully compatible to other external devices
    • Cost of maintenance and updates can go higher
    • Getting the app accepted at the app store can take time and not always successful

    Web Apps 

    Web apps are websites that appear and work like native applications. They are not listed on the app stores. They can be loaded on any mobile browser as a website. Your customers need not to be concerned regarding the available space on their devices and can access web applications as per their needs. The main purpose of web application development is to make sure that required content and functionalities are accessible on different mobile platforms and devices.

    BENEFITS OF WEB APPS

    • Has worldwide access through internet at anytime
    • Can be installed, updated and released quickly
    • Have common code base for multiple platforms
    • Do not need the app marketplace approval for release
    • As they are platform agnostic, saves development costs and time to market 

    SHORTCOMINGS OF WEB APPS

    • Lack of monetization, as they cannot be measured through traffic or downloads
    • Data is not fully secured when it’s stored on the cloud
    • Runs slow, is less responsive and can’t be accessed offline
    • Costly to run on multiple mobile browsers
    • As they are not listed on app stores, they are less explored

    Hybrid Apps

    For all those who need multiple platform benefits can opt for hybrid app development option. These apps are swift to build using different technologies.

    For better access and user experience, some part of native coding is needed to build them. Hybrid Apps can be used to deploy web apps as native apps by wrapping their code with the native frameworks. They allow access to cross-platform development and reduce development costs. The code used to build Hybrid apps can be reprocessed and used for multiple mobile operating systems.

    BENEFITS OF HYBRID APPS

    • Converts the complex business logic into a single code base
    • Can be developed and deployed on multiple platforms faster
    • Need not require direct interface with device drivers using plugins

    SHORTCOMINGS OF HYBRID APPS

    • Not all native functionalities or features would be accessible
    • More time is required to fix the app rather creating it
    • Creating functional app for all platforms can be challenging
    • Lack of knowledge into native frameworks can create issues while debugging
    • Overall costs to get Hybrid app run on multiple platforms can go high

    Which platform will work for me?

    The answer depends completely on your requirements and your budget. However, it is important to consider the business need of the stakeholders.

    If you are looking for Mobile, Native, Web or Hybrid App development services, get in touch with us to get a free quote now.

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