When you hear the word “App” mentioned, do you know what is being referred to? Native, Hybrid, Mobile Enabled, Web Apps .It could depend on the context in which the word was used, but if it is predicated by words like “iPhone”, “Android”, Smartphone”, or “Mobile” you would expect it to mean something very specific; in that context, the “App” would be a mobile device app that you would download from the iTunes AppStore or the Android Market and install on your smartphone.
The word App has been around for decades, it refers to application: applications are everywhere and in the past have mainly been used to describe any program running on your computer. Microsoft word, Office, Photoshop etc… these are all applications, but in recent years the word“app” has become more and more associated with mobile devices.
We then have Native, Hybrid, Mobile Enabled, Web Apps .It is worth pointing out that each of the different app types listed below are valid options for specific solutions; you just need to make sure that what you pay for is what you requested and adequately meets your needs.
A Native device app is the “app” that most of us think about when people talk about apps;
The end result will be an app that exactly meets your needs. In order to have an App in the app store or in the marketplace you will need an account with Apple, Android or Windows Phone , but this is something your developer will advise you on or I can blog about later…
2. Hybrid App
A hybrid app can be seen as a halfway house approach;
However, there are some disadvantages to this approach that you should be aware of:
The functionality available with Hybrid apps is constantly developing so keep watching, I think we will be seeing a lot more from Hybrid technologies.
A Hybrid app makes it easier to create an Apple version and an Android version and the overall costs will be cheaper than a native app but make sure it can manage all the capabilities you require from an app.
The Facebook app is an example of a hybrid app; it is downloaded from the app store and has the features of a native app, but requires you to be online in order to get updates that enable the app to function.
A web app is a Mobile enabled website with more functionality, that allows users to make use of non static information, accessed from your website directly to your mobile device.
4. Mobile Enabled Website
OK, so a mobile enabled website is not strictly an app, but it is often referred to as one.
A mobile enabled website is a very valuable tool and will help you reach a more mobile market place. People tend to spend a lot of time on line when out and about, commuting and travelling. Having your site mobile enabled makes sense and is not at all expensive (Plug ins can be got for as little as $49 for word press) For those fearing the mobile digital era this is a cheap easy and great start to entering the mobile world.
A Facebook app is an app created specifically for your Facebook business page;
The decision to invest in a mobile app solution for your business depends on your target audience and the functionality you require. This will give you a little insight so you are armed with some prior knowledge before jumping into the mobile arena. If you have any questions or queries good or bad, please feel free to comment.