Alright, alright, slow down Zuckerberg. You have your app idea that will change the world, so you can cross off the most difficult task of coming up with a new app to develop. Now the actual work begins.
While considering the best route to get your app to distribution you realize a big question you need to answer; do you develop a native application or do you stick with a webview app? While both options host a variety of benefits, the one you choose to develop will have a big impact on the overall cost and functionality of your app.
So you may be wondering at this point what we mean between a native and webview app. By native application, we are referring to an application, more times than not, that has been directly installed onto an operating system (iOS, Android, etc) from an application store (Apple iTunes, Google Play). It is also written in the operating system’s native software language.
Inversely, a webview application is one that does not need to be directly installed onto an operating system, instead of using the web browser to run specific functions.
“Generally, the look and feel are very similar between the two options. This is done to maintain a consistent UX across multiple platforms,” says Jay Joyce with The Idea People. “Often times, larger companies will design and maintain both variations of the same application to meet users where they are, no matter their preference.” More often than not, however, companies do not have the luxury to fork over enough cash to develop both options, let alone maintain them both.
That leads us toward asking, which is better? Unfortunately, there is not a straight answer to that question. Both options offer a variation of costs and benefits that may sway your company one direction or the other depending on your specific situation.
Before weighing out the pros and cons and making that fancy t-chart you have grown to love, first consider your specific situation. Understanding where you are in the process, and considering your financial situation, along with what features you need to have, will help impact your overall decision and avoid spending extra time and money.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
Depending on your business objectives, target audience, financial situation and technical requirements, you may answer these questions in a variety of ways. Once you fully understand the answer to those questions, you can begin to choose which option is best for you.
After reviewing the pros and cons of each option, one may stand out as the clear choice for your objectives. “With technology rapidly advancing, we may see these two options merge into one congruent option,” suggests Joyce. “Already, advancements are being made for webview applications to access more specific device features, as we are seeing with Google.”
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