In previous articles, we have talked about applications and how to optimize them to obtain better performance and competitive improvement in our company, but in today’s article, we will see what types of web applications and native applications there are and what are their differences, advantages and disadvantages are.
A web application is simply an application like any other, with the advantage that it is stored on the network and can be executed by any browser.
We could define them as programs that work on the internet. In other words, the data or files you work on are processed and stored on the web. And the first advantage, these applications generally do not need to be installed on your computer.
As expected, the concept of web applications is related to cloud storage. All information related to the application is stored permanently on large Internet servers and at the time of use, they send you, to your device or computer, the data you require at that time, leaving a temporary copy within your equipment.
This means that, at any time, place, and from any device we can access this service, all you need is an internet connection and your access data, username, and password.
These huge Internet servers that provide hosting services are located around the world, allowing the services provided to be inexpensive, or in many cases, free and extremely secure.
Native applications are those that are developed specifically for a specific operating system, which is commonly known as Software Development Kit or SDK.
Each platform has a different operating system and the best known are iOS and Android, although there are also others such as Windows Phone.
In the case of native applications, if you want your application to reach all users, you should think about creating an App for each of the operating systems. You have to be clear that each system uses a specific language and that for the application to be successful, your development has to be native.
When talking about the language of the operating system, we are referring to the following:
If we talk about the download or installation of native applications, these are done from the different App Stores of each device and it is important to point out that, unlike Web Apps, Native Apps do not need an internet connection to work.
Taking into account all the aspects mentioned above before deciding if we want to develop a Native Application or a Web Application, it will ultimately be the needs of the project to be designed and the type of tasks to be developed, on Desktop or Mobile, that decide and determine What type of application is going to be developed?
We must start by analyzing the reason for the application, what functions we want it to cover and the environment in which it is going to be used, to identify and determine which of the two types is better suited and can offer us better results.