What is the difference between a mobile web app and a native app?
A native app is an app that is developed for one particular platform, such as iPhone or Android. A mobile web app is an app that is accessible via a mobile browser and is developed to work across multiple platforms. Regardless of whether you go with a mobile web app ( Free Plan or Basic Plan) or native apps (App Store Plan or App Store Pro Plan), customers that download your app will have your icon saved on their homescreen.
Both the App Store and App Store Pro Plans include a native app for iPhone and a native app for Android.
Here are the 3 major advantages native apps have over mobile web apps:
- They can include more powerful functionality like push notifications and location-based messaging.
- They give the end user more options when it comes to sharing.
- Native apps are downloadable straight from Apple App Store and Google Play.