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WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

To help you understand the process of building a mobile application here’s a closer look at all the different technology considerations business owners must make before building an app.

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Native Apps

What are native apps? Such apps are built for a single mobile operating system. That’s why they’re called native – they’re native to a particular platform or device. The majority of mobile apps today are built for systems like Android or iOS. To put it simply, you can’t install and use an Android app on iPhone, and vice versa.
The main benefit of native apps is their high performance and excellent user experience. After all, developers who build them use native device UI. Access to a broad range of APIs also helps to accelerate the development work and extend the boundaries of app usage. Native applications can only be downloaded from app stores and installed directly into devices. That’s why they first need to pass a strict publishing process.

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Hybrid apps

These apps are built using web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, and HTML 5. Why are they called hybrid? Hybrid apps basically work like web apps disguised in a native wrapper.
Hybrid apps are easy and fast to develop, which is a clear benefit. You also get a single codebase for all the platforms. This lowers the cost of maintenance and streamlines the updating process. Developers can also take advantage of many APIs for features such as gyroscope or geolocation. On the other hand, hybrid applications may lack speed and performance. Also, you might experience some design issues as the app might not look the same on two or more platforms.

TYPES OF MOBILE APPLICATIONS

To help you understand the process of building a mobile application here’s a closer look at all the different technology considerations business owners must make before building an app.

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Gaming apps

This is the most popular category of mobile apps. You’d be surprised to learn how many users install games on their phones. Businesses invest an increasing amount of time and resources into creating games and mobile versions of well-known stationary games because it’s such a profitable market.

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Business or productivity apps

These apps hold a large chunk of the market today because people are increasingly prone to use their smartphones and tablets to perform many complex tasks on the go. For example, apps can help them to book tickets, send emails, or track their work progress. Business apps are geared at boosting productivity and minimizing expenses as they allow users to complete a wide range of tasks, from buying new cartridges for office printers to recruiting a new office manager.

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Educational apps

This category includes mobile apps that help users gain new skills and knowledge. For example, language learning apps like Duolingo have become incredibly popular because they give users the flexibility they look for in learning. Educational gaming applications are an excellent tool for kids to learn. Many educational apps turn out to be popular among teachers too, who use them to organize their teaching process better or educate themselves further.

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Lifestyle apps

This broad category of apps spans shopping, fashion, virtual fitting rooms, workout, dating, and diet apps. These apps basically focus on various aspects of personal and social lifestyle.

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E-commerce apps

The most popular shopping apps like Amazon or eBay offer the experience of their desktop versions to mobile users. Mobile commerce applications provide customers with convenient access to products and seamless payment methods for an optimal shopping experience.

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Entertainment apps

These apps allow users to stream video content, search for events, chat, or watch content online. Social media apps like Facebook or Instagram are great examples. Moreover, video streaming apps such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video have become incredibly popular with users all over the world. These apps usually boost user engagement by notifying members about updates and newly added products.

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Utility apps

These are so obvious that we barely even realize that we’re using them. In fact, utility apps usually have the shortest user session times – people use them to get things done and then move on. The most popular types of utility applications are barcode scanners, trackers, or healthcare apps.

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Travel apps

The main idea behind this category is helping users to travel easily. Travel apps transform a smartphone or tablet into a travel diary and guide that helps users to discover everything they need to know about the site they’re visiting. Most of the tourists are digitally savvy travelers who know how to use apps to their advantage.