Mobile web apps are useful alternatives to native apps for mobile devices.Both apps and mobile websites are accessed on handheld devices such as smartphones (e.g. iPhone, Android and Blackberry) and tablets.
Mobile is here and is fast becoming one of the dominant ways users consume content and make purchases. Mobile websites and apps can look very similar at first-glance, and determining which is most suited to your needs will depend upon a number of factors, including target audiences, available budget, intended purpose and required features. Mobile websites are better choices for delivering content, catalogs and shopping functions since that content is accessible by search engines. It’s also easier to drive advertising traffic to a mobile landing page than it is to drive traffic to an app store to complete a download before visitors are able to interact with your content.
A mobile application is essentially software developed to run on mobile devices. Apps were popularized by the iPhone and Blackberry, but also may be developed for the Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems.A mobile version of a site often takes a site’s content and outputs it so the information can be consumed more easily on a mobile device.
Mobile web apps are similar in a certain respect, because you want the content to be enjoyed and digested as easily as possible.Mobile apps take longer to develop than mobile websites. Not only because the look and feel of the app will usually have to be built from scratch, but also because you will need to create multiple apps to reach a wide audience.
Mobile apps take longer to develop than mobile websites. Mobile sites will most likely be quicker to implement compared to building an app with a unique look and feel.Furthermore, mobile website URLs are easily integrated within other mobile.Mobile website URLs are easily shared between users via a simple link (e.g. within an email or text message, Facebook or Twitter post). Publishers can easily direct users to a mobile website from a blog or website. Mobile website is accessible on any device with a mobile browser, including non-smartphones, as most of these have some form of WAP-browsing.
As long as mobile remains a relatively new frontier, the “app vs web” question will remain a very real consideration for organizations seeking to establish a mobile presence.If you’re just beginning to create your mobile marketing footprint, most experts agree that it’s better to start with a mobile website. That’s because well-designed mobile sites can easily be turned into apps later. On the other hand, if your goal is interactive engagement with users, or to provide an application that needs to work more like a computer program than a website, then an app is probably going to be required.