With mobility becoming crucial to business success in the 21st century, there has always been an intense debate on what kind of mobile app development strategy to choose from the options: native and hybrid mobile app development. Are you also standing on the crossroads? If yes, continue reading to decide it yourself.
Difference Between Native and Hybrid Mobile App Development
Native app development is pursued using native resources made available by the operating system publishers. For e.g., Native Android apps are built using Android SDK (Software Development Kit) and Android Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment). However, hybrid app development is pursued using cross-platform frameworks including PhoneGap or Cordova, Ionic, AngularJS, etc. Generally, for the latter, there is a gamut of open source technologies available and they offer more freedom to leverage third-party APIs or frameworks.
Features and Benefits Native and Hybrid Mobile App Development
1. Performance: Native is superior in terms of performance. When you have to build a robust app with a wide range of functionalities, you must look forward to it.
2. User Experience: Native apps exhibit great user experience and developers have to invest little to make it so. Reasons? They make use of standard resources provided by the operating system publisher.
3. Offline usability: When it comes to offering offline usability experience, native apps dominate over their hybrid counterparts. Nowadays, availability of offline mode has become a business differentiator too as consumers can make use of certain features of the apps even if they are not connected with the Internet.
4. Security: Native apps are more secure than the hybrid ones. So prefer native when you have to build apps that have to deal with sensitive personal and financial information. Mobile commerce and banking apps are often built with native resources.
1. Speedy Development
Running out of time? Hybrid app development has the answer. The development process is comparatively faster than that of the native. PhoneGap builds automates most of the process by facilitating code builds based on the standards of target platforms.
2. Less Cost
Owing to faster development process, open source framework and availability of a vast pool of developers skilled in harnessing the inherent web components of the framework, the cost of a hybrid mobile app development is comparatively lower.
Being based on a wide range of fundamental web resources including HTML5 and CSS, hybrid apps are compatible with almost all mobile operating systems. Hence, you don’t need to hire standalone tems to get built platform-specific app.
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Last year, by announcing “tears of joy emoji” as the Word of the Year, Oxford Dictionaries surprised everyone. The verdict speaks a volume about the popularity of emoji characters amidst masses and classes.
Just before the World Emoji Day (June 17), Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit body governing the internationalization of software standards in association with emojipedia.org, has disclosed a set of 11 cool emoji. Not to surprise, this is a collective success of all stakeholders pf emojipedia.org including Apple, Android and Microsoft among others, and all emoji lovers. According to Emoji Report 2015 by Emogi, emoji characters are used by almost 90% of online users and, unanimously, we can say users spend most of their digital time on smartphones and their apps.
Thus, it’s a good opportunity for an iOS app development company and its counterparts to deliver apps with more engaging nature.
But this time, Unicode Consortium has broken the stereotype that dominated for years.
For the first time, it seems, it has given a better representation to women in its decision-making, and the result is out. While including professional emoji characters, the community has given the due space to every woman. The emoji characters are available in male and female both versions. This is indeed a step towards empowering women and acknowledging their contribution across different spheres of life.
Undeniably, there can’t be a better time than this for an iOS app development company to reward women tech lovers by leveraging the emoji technology. However, being fair to women, they won’t be doing a mercy on them as women contribute the most in making emoji popular. The ratio women vs men in terms of emoji usage is 78:60. Also, there are more women takers of iPhone and iPad than men. Hence, this would be a strategic move to encash the digital trend.
Interestingly, 1626 emoji characters are already at the disposal of an iOS app development company in various categories from 🐻 Animals & Nature to 🍔 Food & Drink and from ⚽ Activity, 🌇 Travel & Places, and 💡 Objects, to 🔣 Symbols and 🎌 Flags, and the addition of 100 more exclusive emoji will let them enjoy more flexibility and transfer the same to the users.
iOS or iPhone has revolutionized the world in ways that was beyond imagination until 2007. Earlier it was considered as the phone of the rich, but that perception is getting diluted as the per capita income across geographies increases. This increasing size of the consumer-base brings to you a sea of opportunities. However, with the consumer’s digital media consumption becoming app-centric, it’s pivotal for you to have an iOS mobile app.
Swift is the latest programming language from Apple that favors building intuitive, agile and secure mobile app. Here are 5 irresistible reasons to bet for Swift app development.
5. iOS Finds New Takers
Out of the 198.5 million smartphone users in the US, 86.5% users own an iOS device. Thus, going with iOS app development is the demand of the hour. With iOS adoption by different strata of society, due to rising per capita income, an iOS app is likely to become a success recipe for you. Hence, get rid of the perception that iPhone is for the rich only.
4. Millennials and Digital Natives Taking Command of Economy
Today’s consumers’ cohort is dominated by Millennials or Gen Y and Digital Natives, who are extremely tech savvy. They like to own the latest gadgets and features as soon as they are available in the market. You might have got the sense as where I am pointing at. Clearly, your app should be compatible with the latest iOS and iPhone version. So you are left with no option rather than investing in Swift app development. Swift is the only language that favors integration of a vast number of APIs which, in turn, allows users to make optimum use of the capabilities of iOS 10 and iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus devices.
3. Transformation of Phone to Wallet
Mobile commerce is on the rise and if you want your iOS consumers to stay with you, ensure delivering a seamless mobile experience. Swift helps with building apps with great user experience. Swift app developers can easily integrate your app with a wide range of payment options, thereby, making checkout also easier, faster and securer.
2. Higher Conversion Rate & Purchase Worth
Conversion rate is a key app metric and interestingly, apps built with Swift exhibit higher conversion rate. They outpace their counterparts’ app built using Android, Windows Phone or any other SDKs. Taking reference of data from Moovweb, Business Insider claims: probability of an iOS user is 25% higher in terms of completing a particular goal in an app as compared to an Android user. Also his or her purchase worth exceeds that of an Android consumer by 15%.
1. Frequent Updates by iOS
With a bid to entice users and let them do things in a better way, Apple keeps on pushing new features and updates to its operating system. So you have to keep
In today’s dynamic cross-device omni-channel user-engagement model, mobile seems to be the only constant. From governments and retailers to education and healthcare entities, all are resorting to mobility solutions to reach out to their target audience and serve them better. Without any exception, PhoneGap is a powerful framework for mobile application development allowing user to build quality apps that can run on any mobile devices, irrespective of their operating system types. In the discipline of Phonegap application development, plugins are the game-changer as they help developers to equip their apps with functionalities and capabilities that the users need.
Discover 10 Hottest Plugins in Phonegap Application Development.
# 1. StatusBar
Role: Appearance of status bar can be controlled and customized using this plugin.
# 2. PushPlugin
Role: It enables push notification functionality on the device. Android uses Google Cloud Messaging. iOS uses Apple APNS Notifications. WP8 uses Microsoft MPNS Notifications. Windows8 uses Microsoft WNS Notifications.
# 3. BarcodeScanner (deprecated)
Role: A must for a retail apps. This allows the app to scan and read different types of bar code. It works with active participation of the camera.
# 4. SocialSharing
Role: It enables sharing of text, images (and other files), or a link via the native sharing widget of the device.
# 5.Facebook Connect
Role: A PhoneGap developer can harness the power of the official plugin to enable the app connect seamlessly with Facebook.
Role: A must have for every app where you want the users to text. This is an ionic Keyboard Plugin.
Role: It connects the app with the Google Analytics account and allow the app owner to have 360-degree view of the user’s behavior.
Role: Toast? A buttonless popup that disappears automatically from an app when remains untouched. A PhoneGap developer can make use of the feature to show a Toast on the app.
# 9. LocalNotification
Role: This is used in PhoneGap apps to empower users set notifications for their personal use. Users can update, clear or cancel them. The plugin facilitates different interfaces to query for local notifications and a complete set of events to hook into the life cycle of local notifications.
# 10. Custom URL scheme
Role: Developers can empower users to launch a PhoneGap app using this URL: mycoolapp://
Irrespective of what we do in our life, we are interested in knowing the result. The higher the effort is in achieving something, the greater the curiosity is in knowing about its outcomes. In fact, this is a human psychology. And a Swift app developer is no more alien to this trait. Probably, anticipating this, Apple has introduced the latest IDE, i.e., Xcode 7.3.
Besides the plethora of enhancements in terms of error-handling, syntax writing, etc., that the IDE brings at the disposal of a Swift app developer, Interactive Playgrounds is a key component that has given a new momentum to the Swift app development discipline. A developer can see the outcomes of his/her coding on real-time as shown below.
There are 3 panels. The coding part is done in the first, and its interpretation and result are displayed in the second and third. Interestingly, the process happens consecutively, simultaneously and spontaneously -- changes get reflected as soon as the coding receives any modification. Thus, a developer has more flexibility to play with the codes and make things happen as per the demand of the client. Interactive Playgrounds not just speed up the app development process but also entitles developers to put a check on bugs and all those that don’t work, and apply everything that add wow factor to the app and the user experience.
An iOS app development company can also harness the power of Interactive Playgrounds to educate Swift app developers with beautiful text and interactive code. Trainers can illustrate with suitable examples and learners can experiment with new APIs to improve their Swift coding skills. Thus, Interactive Playgrounds favors quantitative and qualitative improvement. Early identification and removal of bugs will ultimately save the valuable time of app testing and review team, and is likely to curb the app rejection rate (46%), which puts their credibility at a risk.
Hope you found the information useful. I’m wrapping it up, but will be back soon with more updates on Swift app development. Do share your opinions and views. Goodbye!
Surge in the web and mobile apps has resulted into mushrooming of AngularJS development companies. Here is a checklist on choosing the right AngularJS development company.
Did you know that 5 new websites get online, the moment you blink your eyes? In every 10 minutes, a new app is ready on Google Play, App Store or any other stores?
The exponential increase in the demand of mobile and web app development services has resulted into the mushrooming of AngularJS development companies. Problem? Now, the big challenge is for businesses to figure out the best fit. If you are one of them, here is a checklist to follow to find a company that can build highly available, stable and secure mobile apps to let you woo prospects and customers.
Is your AngularJS development company following the right mobile app development process? From ideation of a website or mobile app to its launch and publishing, every process should be set strategically. Few companies make a mistake with a bid to speed up the process and end up with a mess - poor digital solution and poor user experience. What is required: complete market research, taking into consideration the availability of the latest technology frameworks and skill sets to execute those to get desired result.
Does the company have the experienced AngularJS developers? Are those capable of understanding the industry demand and making the optimum use of the tools and features packed with the framework? Do they really understand the preferences of your target audience? You must know everything before it's too late.
Before making an app available for end-users, AngularJS mobile app developers need to take a nod of the mobile app testing team. Now, it’s the onus of the app testers to check the performance, stability, UI and every things from the user’s point of view. Inarguably, you can’t know about the testing team of a company, but make sure that the apps published by the company are getting good reviews from the users.
Once the app has passed the testing barrier successfully, the time comes to make it available to users. Is your AngularJS mobile development company ready to help you with? The app published on noticeable app stores like Google Play and App Store is easily visible and accessible to the target audience. Thus, you don’t have to struggle much for its marketing.
Is your AngularJS development company ready to cater post-development support? Yes, you should get into the ins and outs of the contract details in advance to avoid any mess. Post-development support will probably help you to keep the app updated with the latest features and capabilities to cope with the future demand of the consumers.
There is little doubt that Android is the most successful mobile operating system till date, and in far future also it’s hard to predict any name that can give its imperialism a threat. But the Google Play has a sorry tale to tell. Despite acquiring the lion’s share, that is almost 83%, of the mobile operating system market, it’s store has just recorded 50 billion downloads, which is just half of what App Store has got. Surprisingly, both came with the concept of mobile app store in 2008 but their individual achievements depict a vast disparity.
Obviously, the situation flags warnings for every Android application development company, and they must do something substantial to improve the user’s experience with respect to the mobile technology. Winning the confidence of users will help them get favor of businesses and marketers, and get more projects on Android apps development. Because today doing and succeeding in business is all about ascertaining user-satisfaction or customer-satisfaction. The better one does, the farther it goes.
Technically, Android apps development is no different than mobile app development methodology pursued by others. However, somewhere the focus of the discipline and its scholars, followers, or so-called Android apps developers has got diverted from the user-experience. The key challenges faced on a majority of Android apps are:
Users often complain about issues linked with app download, installation, activation, update and upgrade. Post-installation issues can also be there that may discourage the use of an Android app. Hence, an Android app development must pay attention to fix these issues by optimizing the coding part.
An app needs to represent the complete portfolio of a brand, and must convey the desired message to the audience besides showcasing its products and services. This can only happen when the experts in the Android app development are ready to step into the shoes of the target audience and understand their requirements and challenges.
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An Android app development company must show commitment to build a secure mobile app harnessing the tools and features available in the latest SDK (Software Development Kit). They should build apps compatible with the latest operating systems like Marshmallow, KitKat, etc.
Lack of Support
After-sales support, -- we all expect it whenever we go for any product. Don’t you? Likewise, a brand or business that gets an app built also wants some sort of warranty for its technology investment. Taking onus of the product it develops, an Android app development company should be ready to provide application re engineering and modification as the needs emerge.
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