Smartphones have created a phase shift for mobile phones from being just an instrument with predefined packages of features to a device where you can run diverse set of functions using applications. According to comScore, more than 80 million Americans now own smartphones. With the increase in demand of smartphones, the demand of mobile apps is increasing.
Smartphones are now equipped with modern browsers Samsung enabling a new breed of HTML5 driven web applications. These applications are able to run as platform independent apps requiring far less development effort and resulting in lower costs. Here are some typical points relating to the different ways smartphone applications can be built.
These apps have to be installed on the device in order to run. They are called native as they are designed to run on specific device OS such as iOS or Android. Apps are either pre-installed on the device or can be downloaded from App Stores provided by mobile device vendors like Apple’s App Store, Google Play, the Android market, etc.
• The native application responds more quickly
• It is easier to adhere to a device’s visual design standards as the development tools target that single device
• Because native apps are built for a specific platform, they can integrate very tightly with device hardware and operating system features
• Native applications require more time to develop and also more development skill.
• For each mobile OS you will need to redevelop the App, using a new development language in the case of iOS, Android and Windows Mobile
• When a new version of the existing native app is released the users must download and install the update.
• Depending on the application, it involves significant amount for distribution and promotion.