The Web Apps
A mobile web app – in concise can be considered as nothing more than a website that’s wrapped within an isolated package to can be run as an application.
Let’s have a look at how it came to be, and what one will need in order to create mobile app.
Into the trend
The smart phones have brought the world to its users’ hands, with that the need for businesses and brands to make best use of this extended reach, towards their potential customers. To that extent, the companies have taken to going mobile, however the path was split clear into two; they had to either go with the mobile apps developers or website developers.
• The mobile apps design needed to be device specific; that is specialized based on their individual platforms like the iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, etc -hence called the native apps. These were expensive to create and to sustain, as the companies needed to invest individually in-order to cover the whole market.
• The website approach was much easier on these terms as they were common to all, irrespective to their platform, thus keeping the expenses relatively low. However, being a website, the extent to which it can access to the individual mobile device’s different technologies (such as its built-in cameras, address books, geo-tracking, etc) was greatly restricted; making this option viable, however not as effective as the native ones.
This left many businesses “wanting”, for a better approach; an approach that would single-handedly take care of these needs and provide them with an overall solution, like a path through the middle of this split.
What makes the mobile web apps – tick!
The solution came with the advent of newer technologies such as HTML 5 and CSS3. Many saw better possibilities, and hoped that this solution would bring a permanent change to the existing trend – It did.
Now, the mobile apps market saw a change, where applications that were “web-based” brought the advantages of both the worlds together; to be precise – the cross platform support of a website and the usability of a native app. By taking advantage of these factors, the web-based mobile apps were able to meet various demands of the decade, thus, providing businesses and brands the solution they have all been anxiously seeking until now.
Thus, this new approach not just affected the “how to build mobile apps?” aspect but also “who can build mobile apps?” as well. That is because developers and designers with skills and experience to create excellent websites were now able to take to developing and designing applications as their second nature. This gave Smartphone app development a boost that drove it right through the roof.
The truly portable apps
With cross platform mobile app development taking the lead when it comes to app preferences, by both the businesses and individuals alike; it is only natural that the demands for web apps have increased greatly. This added to the increase in web access speeds of the mobile devices in recent times, (such as through 3G and 4G) the ease of usage of web-based applications have made these apps the appropriate choice.
That being said; the HTML5 mobile app development is a very stable trend that has made even Microsoft to now take steps at supporting HTML5 with its IE. Hence, every reputed mobile apps development company has taken to providing related web app development services.