Choosing the right platform and approach for your needs
Smartphone users appreciate utilizing their devices to get a lot done in a short period of time, or sometimes to do a lot of things at once. For example, accessing messages, emails, social networks while listening to songs or watching videos. Generally speaking, apps make our lives easier by reducing the time required to perform common tasks, but what about the actual creation of the app itself? Is there a way to make that go faster?
The answer, it turns out, depends on what you need. There are three common methods to develop a mobile app:
- Native app development
- Hybrid app development
- Library app development
Native App Development
A native application is built specifically for a device and operating system, for example an app built for iPhone's on iOS. The app is developed in a manner using technologies that are native to the platform. For iOS, that is Swift / Objective-C and for Android it is Java. In principle, native apps promise better performance because they are compiled as machine code. It is also easier to deploy the quick and fluid animations used by the operating system itself, and it can offer fuller access to the devices hardware.
Native app developed can be complex, especially as the code must be written separately if you want an app that runs on iOS and Android. It can amount to almost double the work, especially when you include testing.
It also makes hybrid mobile application development is quicker, more straightforward and the application is less demanding to maintain, especially as we only need one code base for both iOS and Android. We still have the option to access mobile device hardware, for example, the camera or Bluetooth. Cordova has a large archive of modules that support different options.
At the same time, hybrid applications is that they rely upon the native program, which means that they are not as quick as native applications. This will not be an issue for most apps given the performance of today's devices, but if you are making high-resolution games or need something mission critical where every millisecond counts, it could be a factor.
Using a Library
The third way to develop mobile apps is to use libraries provided by a software manufacturer like Salesforce or Microsoft. These apps are generally not full featured or ground-up builds, but rather mobile extensions to existing software like an ERP or CRM. The software developer provides mobile features that you can bundle into an app for your business—without code or design. Library apps are definitely the fastest to market with the lowest overhead, but their functionality is limited to what the manufacturer provides.
What do we do?
At Korcomptenz, we believe in using the right tool for the job. If you're looking to extend Office 365, a Library App will likely do the trick. If you need something fully custom, native or hybrid will be a better option. We have teams that are strong in all three, and we deploy them based on the specific needs of our customers. This allows us to provide cost effective, scalable, and rapid development options. Contact us for a consultation today.