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What Are The Types of Mobile Applications?

What Are The Types of Mobile Applications?

Different Types of Mobile Applications or Types of Mobile Software

The types of mobile apps in testing plays a very important role in defining your testing process.

Three different types of mobile application testing:

1. Mobile Web Applications: These are the web pages that you open through the mobile browser.

2. Native Applications: These are the applications that are developed for one particular platform. (iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, Tizen, BlackBerry etc).

3. Hybrid Applications: It is an combination of mobile web apps and Native Apps.

 

What Are The Types of Mobile Applications?
What Are The Types of Mobile Applications?

1. Mobile Web Apps

Mobile web apps are actually websites that open in your smartphone with the help of a web browser and internet connectivity.

Mobile websites used by multiple people around the world.

Example: Tutorials Point

 

Benefits of Mobile Web Apps

Easy access.

Easy Development: Developing responsive design and displayed on a smaller screen/hardware will make any desktop website mobile friendly.

Easy update: Just update in one location and all the users.

No installation required, as compared to native or hybrid app.

 

Downside or Disadvantages of Mobile Web Apps

Mobile websites cannot use some of the features. For example, access to the file system and camera etc

Many existing websites don’t support offline capabilities (means internet required).

Users won’t have the app’s icon on their home screen as a constant reminder. The website needs to be opened in a web browser only.

While native and hybrid apps appear on the App Store and Google Play, web apps won’t.

 

2. Native Apps

A native app is developed specifically for one platform/OS. It can be installed through an application store (such as Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store).

 Example: Whatsapp, Facebook.

 

Benefits of Native Apps

Native Apps live on the device and are accessed through icons on the device home screen.

They can take full advantage of all the device features like they can use the camera, the GPS, the compass, the list of contacts and so on.

Native apps can use the device’s notification system and can work offline.

Push-notifications, alerting users every time a new piece of content/text is published or when their attention is required to user.

Native apps maintain UI design of each operating system thus they offer the best user experience.

For example: a Native App can have a left-aligned header in Android and a center-aligned header in iOS.

 

Downside or Disadvantages of Native Apps

High cost for building the app: Native apps developed for one platform will not run on another platform.

An App built for Android will not run on iOS.

We need to build a different App altogether for iOS. Because of this reason, we need to maintain multiple versions of the App.

Costly to build Native apps

 

3. Hybrid Apps

Hybrid Apps are a way to expose content from existing websites in App format. They can be well described as a mixture of Web App and Native App.

Example: Instagram, Wikipedia.

 

Benefits of Hybrid Apps

Developing a Hybrid App is cheaper than developing a Native App.

It can be built for cross-platforms, i.e. reduced cost for App development.

Maintenance is simple, as there are not many versions to be maintained.

It can take advantage of a few features available in the device.

It can be found in the App Store and Play Store

It has a browser embedded within the app only.

 

Downside or Disadvantages of Hybrid Apps

Graphics/UI are less comparatively, operating system as compared to Native Apps.

Hybrid Apps are slower than Native Apps.

 

Difference between Mobile Application Types or Mobile App Types

 

Difference between Mobile Application Types or Mobile App Types
Difference between Mobile Application Types or Mobile App Types


There are few basic differences that set these apart:

Native apps have single platform affinity while mobile web apps have the cross-platform affinity.

Native apps are written in platforms like SDKs while Mobile web apps are written with web technologies like HTML, CSS, asp.net, Java, PHP.

For a native app, installation is required but for mobile web apps, no installation is required.

A native app can be updated from the play store or app store while mobile web apps are centralized updates.

Many native apps don’t require an Internet connection but for mobile web apps, it’s a must.

Native app works faster when compared to mobile web apps.

Native apps are installed from app stores like Google play store or app store where mobile web are websites and are only accessible through the Internet.

 

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