Application ranges –

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The key criteria for an application’s success are performance, speed and the tools available. In this article, you will have an overview of the qualities of application ranges, what they offer in terms of functionality, and their disadvantages.

The 3 application ranges are:

  • Web app
  • Hybrid / Cross-Platform
  • Native

Web-App, concept of ease?

As everyone knows, humans are in favor of the least effort. The Web-App is a mobile website. It is a modifiable code and accepted by all browsers. These Web-Apps have the advantage of being developed very quickly at a ridiculous cost. However, they do not have the same technical qualities as an application. For example: some features of the Smartphone will not be accessible (directory in particular). If you want to develop an application with specific features, it goes without saying that the Web-App is not the winning option.

Cross-Platform, the hybrid

Hybrid applications are a mix between native and HTML5. That is to say that HTML5 will be integrated into a native framework. Titanium is one software among others (like PhoneGap, Rhodes, Corona) whose license allows free redistribution, gives access to source code and creates mobile applications with native interface elements. These hybrid applications work simultaneously on IOS and Android, with web technologies. Developers can therefore avoid the hassle of learning Objective-C or Java and instead use their skills in Javascript, HTML5 and CSS to build applications which, icing on the cake, work on both iPhone, Android, Blackberry and iPad. This development has the advantage of being done at a lower cost since it does not require any specific development (we are based on a single code). BUT: this development has shortcomings in technical terms. Ultimately, it becomes insufficient for the user.

VisionMobile had done a study on the combat between hybrid and native (much like vampire and werewolf) called “How can HTML5 compete with native“. This firm rightly points out that users express themselves more on their opinions than on facts. So here are the facts: Developers use HTML5 for cross-platform portability code, low development costs. But what stops them the most are the performance problems, the difficulty in integrating the native elements, the lack of mature frameworks and the fact that this development is not as profitable as a native one.

HTML5 is slow by definition. The HTML5 market still needs to evolve to become as good as the native market.

The quality of the native

We come to it: the native is the use of all the functionalities of the device. It is content optimized as much as possible for navigation adapted to the device. Native developments adopt new economic models such as “Freemium” and provide a dedicated distribution platform. Of course, who says well, says expensive.

The development phase is longer and more expensive than that used for Web-App and Hybrids. What’s more, the application must be maintained over time, which further increases development costs. In HTML5, an application is as efficient as a native one: “… The lesson we’ve learned over the last 12 months has been the cost in time, effort and testing to bring an HTML5 application to a native level of performance seems to be far greater than if the application was built with native technologies from the get -go“.

The contributor:

Application ranges FrenchWebfrLaurene Pinaud is Business Developer at Technicis Group specializing in the field of IT and communication agencies. Passionate about digital, she has been writing articles for years on new technologies, mobile applications, digital trends …