Native vs. Non-native: We’re Talking Mobile

Native vs. Non-native: We’re Talking Mobile

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It’s 2011 and debate rages on in the mobile industry over the future of applications.

On one hand, people seem to love native client apps. A quick download process from an app store, and the shiny icon is sitting on the mobile device’s desktop, ready to go.

What’s more, as a developer, I might even get paid for it. But if I want to reach lots of users, I have to write different code for every single device platform: iPhone, Android, Symbian. That’s a lot of code to keep in sync. And I need users to keep updating the applications every time I make a small change.

It’s 2011 and debate rages on in the mobile industry over the future of applications.

On one hand, people seem to love native client apps. A quick download process from an app store, and the shiny icon is sitting on the mobile device’s desktop, ready to go.

What’s more, as a developer, I might even get paid for it. But if I want to reach lots of users, I have to write different code for every single device platform: iPhone, Android, Symbian. That’s a lot of code to keep in sync. And I need users to keep updating the applications every time I make a small change.

On the other hand, the mobile web. Build a site which looks and feels like a self-contained application but which can render nicely on a variety of platforms. (HTML5 and Jquery mobile are proving this to be true). I might not be able to make money by selling access to it, but I can update the site whenever I want, and users will see the latest and greatest version.

In reality, there’s an essential role to be played by both types of application – as there is for computing in general. But the debate still continues and LeverageIT can guide you to decide what fits best for your company.

We believe that mobile goes beyond apps. To engage customers or enable employees, businesses must be able to expose core functionality to the right people and on the right devices. Consumer-facing mobile products must be rich and engaging, while internal apps must be secure and efficient. Whether through iPhone app development or broader consulting services, our mission is to empower our clients to make the most of mobile.

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