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Native Apps vs. Web Apps – Facts and Usages

Although mobile learning is an expected trend, but there are diversified approaches and no one best answer for all situations. These articles and infographic could help clarify which one is the best for you.

Mobile applications: native v Web apps – what are the pros and cons?

Rapid advances in HTML5, the new more mobile friendly version of the Web language, and the hard work by the standards body World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to create standard interfaces across mobile devices mean that Web apps can – or will be able to – do many of the things that native apps can do.

Early this year GIA released a pioneering research paper entitled Native or Web Application? that surveyed businesses that had created both Web apps and mobile apps. Who better to guide us through the pros and cons of each platform than the author of that report, Lie Luo?

HTML5 Vs. Native Mobile Apps: Myths and Misconceptions

Compared to previous versions of HTML, HTML5 makes it easier to create feature-rich Web-based applications that can be updated remotely with new functionality without requiring users to download and install an update each time. Generally speaking, HTML5 helps reduce the functionality gap between mobile websites and apps.

To be clear, HTML5 has certain limits and shortcomings. The implementation of HTML5 is far from uniform. It varies from browser to browser and from mobile platform to mobile platform. This widespread “technology fragmentation” makes it difficult for software developers to know which part of HTML5 they can use. HTML5 apps can also be afflicted by slowness and often work erratically when a data connection isn’t available or is intermittent.

Other shortcomings of HTML5 in comparison to native applications include….

But one big myth is that HTML5 and native are the only two choices. On the contrary: some of the above shortcomings can be addressed through a hybrid app approach….

Responsive Design vs. Mobile Sites vs. Native Mobile Apps: Which One’s the Best?

 It is a fact that what seems to be more important on a desktop might not be equally important or useful for a mobile user who is accessing the page on a much smaller screen and is on the go. This is why, thinking properly before you choose to build a site for smaller devices, for your company is important. The three options are compared.

Native Apps vs. Mobile Web: Breaking Down the Mobile Ecosystem

A hybrid app offers many of the advantages of both approaches: discoverability in the app stores, access to the most common device APIs, and broad device coverage while not requiring the specialized skills, bigger budgets and longer time to market that are more typical of fully native apps.

An infographic posted on the MDG Advertising blog that provides usage data for web apps and native apps. (learnt from The Mobile Learner)

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  1. Native Apps vs. Web Apps – Facts and Usages | Craig Wentworth: EDTECH Learning Log
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