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Mark Giannelis
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Native vs Hybrid vs Web Apps

When it comes to web design, there can be a huge difference between Native vs. Hybrid vs. Web App development. A lot of people don't realize that the web's architecture can't support the most advanced and cutting edge technologies of the web-based apps. This is why web development professionals have been developing web apps for businesses and individuals that use web-based apps instead of the mobile apps that they can also create. The two primary types of these programs are:

Native apps are those web pages that run on the Windows operating system. They are based on a programming language that is similar to JavaScript and similar to C++. Native apps were developed and designed specifically for the Windows operating systems and so cannot be accessed and used on other systems. These web-based apps are usually targeted at businesses that need native functionality, such as: apps for communicating with Native programmers, native corporate Intranets and extranets, web based email, and web-based Office programs.

Another type of program that is similar to a native app is called hybrid web app. A hybrid app is one that uses an object model architecture, but it also uses web technologies that have been developed using the same web engine as the original web application itself. A hybrid web app is a cross between a native app and a web based app - but it takes the best elements of both and combines them into a single, well performing, feature-rich web app that runs in a browser. The hybrid web app is often faster, more secure and easier to use than either a native or hybrid app and can be used in combination with the original application as a fully functioning, desktop-style website.

Hybrid mobile apps

As the name suggests, hybrid mobile apps represent a middle ground between native and mobile apps, sharing many built-in advantages of both these groups. This simple fact significantly impacted the growing popularity of hybrid app development services over the last couple of years. The “hybrid” element of this model comes from the fact that the apps can be installed on the device and run via any web browser.

Web applications are the best option for many web developers. They provide a powerful way to develop websites and make them available for the masses to use on any device. The only problem with web-based email is that they are slow and not very useful without a server. Even if you do find a way to get a web app up quickly and efficiently, it could still take hours or even days to download everything into your user's email account. This makes it impractical unless you are a company that sends out a lot of mail - or even if you are just looking for a way to simplify how you communicate with your customers.

Native mobile apps

Essentially, native apps are what most of us think when we are talking about mobile applications. They are downloaded from the native app store and feature a big, colorful icon on your device’s home screen. They are developed in the coding language of that native OS and (e.g., Objective C for iOS devices) and offer the most consistent performance.

Native apps work pretty much the same way a web browser does. They run in the same environment and share resources between the web and the native side of the software. They can be installed on a web browser and then used right away without any downloads. Most people think that you can't get a web app going unless you have a programming experience, but this isn't true. A lot of web based apps were developed by experienced web programmers who knew what they were doing and who were able to learn some lessons from the process.

Hybrid apps work a lot like web based apps, except they have a bit more friction to them since they don't run entirely in a web browser. They work by connecting to a local server so that they can access all the same features as a web browser. However, they don't have the fast speed that web-based apps offer, and they aren't supported on every browser. However, if you only need to get something running on a specific browser or you need to use a certain feature, it could be a good choice for you.

When it comes to functionality, there really isn't much difference between a web based email client and a web app. Both require you to input information and send emails, and both allow you to create and edit documents. The primary difference is that a web app can be seen on any screen size, whereas a web based app has to be downloaded onto a personal computer first. Native apps are best for those who need to have an app on their phone. Web-based apps are often viewed on a small phone screen, whereas Native apps look best on a large phone. Since most people already own a smartphone, a web app might not be a good choice unless they also have a tablet or laptop.

Another big difference between a web app and a web based one is that web based ones generally require less customization and are more flexible. Web applications are often more difficult to customize, and that means that they will cost more money to use. Also, users won't have nearly as many options when it comes to creating and customizing the web app as they do with a web browser. While web apps are often used for things like email and messaging, there are other uses where a web app would be a better choice.

Web mobile apps

Speaking in the simplest of terms, web apps can be best described as websites that look and behave like mobile apps. Although this concept may seem very limiting, some recent examples of progressive web apps (can run in the background, do support push notifications, etc.) have shown just how far this concept evolved over the last couple of years. Unlike the other two varieties we have covered in this article, web apps are built entirely with internet technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript).

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