Mobile or Web App: which one is best for your business
You have concluded that your company needs an application, but you are unsure whether a web or mobile application is best. The ideal situation would be to accomplish both, but if you are limited by time or resources, you should choose the option that best adapts to your needs. Even though they appear to be nearly identical at first look, they are significantly different. To help you decide which best serves your goals, we will break down each one’s benefits and drawbacks in this blog post.
A Web App or a Web Application is a software or program accessible using any web
browser. It can be especially useful if you want to provide your users with a
customized experience and allow them to interact or combine it with other
Their advantages are:
- Web applications can run on any platform, regardless of operating system or device, as long as the browser is compatible.
- All users have access to the same version, so there are no compatibility issues.
- They are not installed on the hard drive, this eliminated space limitations.
- As the business requires less support and upkeep and the end user’s PC needs fewer resources, they minimize costs for both of them
Here are some disadvantages:
- Users cannot receive notifications to learn about breaking news.
- They do not work without an Internet connection.
- They need to be hosted on an optimized and responsive website so that users can use the application perfectly.
- A website can crash which is not good for anyone.
A Mobile App is a software application that is installed on mobile devices or tablets to help the user in a specific task, either professional or for leisure and entertainment. Unlike a Web App, it is necessary to install it, consuming storage space. Distributing a Mobile App, will depend on the distribution channels (such as the App Store or Google Play Store) and adjust to their conditions.
Their advantages are:
- For the user, clicking your app is far quicker and easier than accessing yours or a competitor’s website even if they’ve bookmarked it.
- Apps can provide valuable information about usage, activity, and purchasing habits.
- It’s easier to interact with your customers and prospects with an app including the immediacy of attracting their attention and maybe prompt action through, for example, push notifications.
- Mobile apps work with a phone’s built-in features, like location services, microphone, and camera, so apps built for the mobile device usually work faster.
The disadvantages are:
- Some robust or complex apps can require a lot of storage space to download.
- Getting an application listed on the app stores can be a challenging process. There are restrictions on certain types of applications on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
- It needs to be updated regularly and as needed whenever there is a product or service change.
- Application stores also take a percentage commission from sales, of up to 30
As you can see, there are a few things to consider when creating a Mobile App or Web Application. Hopefully, this will enable you to make more informed decisions about your digital expansion’s future. You may already have some idea of what a Web App and a Mobile App can do, and you can use this information to make an informed decision about your company’s digital growth.