You have probably landed on this article because you’re considering developing your own App but you aren’t sure whether you should create a web App or a mobile App.
There are important differences between the two options and the one you should go for depends on the requirements and final use of the App.
Let’s see the main differences.
Web App vs Mobile App
Both are designed to be used on the same devices: mainly smartphones and tablets. However, the way they work are completely different. While a mobile App is downloaded and installed on the device, the web App just requires the user to visit an URL through a web browser, with no need of installing.
Web apps are Cloud-based. They are able to provide us with instant information and content because they’re located in servers accessible to us. On the other hand, mobile Apps depend on your device and store your information there.
When it comes to updates, web apps are far more easy to maintain. They don’t require the user to take any action. Mobile Apps require the user to manually download the update or, at least, authorize it.
Web Apps need to be connected to the Internet in order to fetch the information, whereas mobile Apps can usually be used on any device even if it’s not connected to the Internet.
Which one should you choose?
It really depends on the purpose of your App.
Is it designed to be used repeatedly and frequently? Then you should probably go for a mobile App.
Is the App designed for specific or informative purposes? A web App is a better idea, then.
If you don’t want to commit to a Mobile App, an option for you would be to develop a web App and create a shortcut in your device’s desktop. That would solve the accessibility issue for users that need to use the App frequently.
Why do we prefer web Apps?
There are several reasons why we would recommend web Apps over mobile Apps.
First of all, web Apps eliminate compatibility issues. They don’t depend on the device’s model or the operating system, so you won’t have to worry about that or deal with users and customers that can’t make the App work. In the end, that means less working hours and less time and money invested in the App.
They’re also way easier to maintain. Users don’t need to update it and they won’t even notice it.
Users are more likely to try a new App if they aren’t required to install it on a device. Downloading and installing something on our device acts as a barrier that is removed when we choose a web App.
You can configure a fast and direct access to the App by creating a shortcut, users will just need Internet connection.
The resource consumption is low when compared to Mobile Apps. Web Apps are usually located in a server, which frees our computers and devices from unnecessary processes.
Web Apps are also more functional. Since all users have access to the same server it’s easier to share content or information or collaborate.
Those are the reasons why we would recommend a Web App over a Mobile App, but, in the end, it depends on the context, your needs, and the needs of the users.
Remember that our tool, AccessWebapps, allows you to create a professional web App in minutes, so it’s worth the try!