The Difference Between Apps
You’re excused for being appsolutely (excuse the pun) confused when it comes to understanding what’s what on the app scene!
It’s all very confusing to say the least, so we’ll try and explain the differences between the four:
The web app is basically a responsive website meaning it adapts to all screen sizes and is run on a browser in the same way as any other website but, as it adapts to fit the device it is being displayed on, it is more user friendly than a normal website. You need an internet connection to run the web app.
If you want to check if your website is responsive and mobile friendly, you can do this on the google mobile friendly test site
Also known as “mobile app” the native app is an application which is run directly on the mobile device and must be downloaded to the device via their respective platforms, i.e. iOS, Android and Windows. Once installed some apps can be activated without the need for an internet connection.
The downside of native apps is the need to develop more than one app if you want to reach the audiences of both Android and Apple devices, bringing with it an exuberant price tag.
If you would like to make your own native app without any coding then you could try Appy Pie with a high customer satisfaction rate. It has a free plan and also reasonably priced paid plans.
As with the native app, the hybrid also has to be downloaded via the Apple or Android platforms.
Progressive Web App
PWA’s are being called the apps of the future and the next big thing in web development and we think this is rightly so. These apps give mobile app like experiences but this without any need to download them from an app store, and they work on all platforms.
Some other significant benefits are:
- when compared to native apps, the setup process for users is much easier as it gets instantly installed on their home screens, no need to visit an app store
- PWA’s are accessible offline via the home screen icon and when connected new data is automatically synchronized.
- because files are cached locally this makes them faster than standard web apps
- they can also feature push notifications, cameras, GPS