We live in a world where technology terms are loosely thrown around, but do we really know what they mean? In the mobile sphere, we use words like native, web and hybrid when we refer to apps and it can become a little confusing. Here’s a breakdown:
Native App – These are apps that live on your device and are accessed through your home screen. You install these from Google Play or the App Store and they are developed for one specific platform and require regularly downloaded updates. They also take full advantage of incorporating your phone’s features like the camera, notification alerts, photo gallery, GPS, etc.
Web Apps – These are really websites that may act like a native app but are accessed using an internet browser and will adapt to whatever device you are using. Their responsive nature can seem very similar to a native app but they still are internet dependent and self-updating.
Hybrid Apps – As the name suggests they are a combination of both native and web apps. They are built with web standards but include a container that allows them to be installed from app stores with some of the native functionality from your phone.
So, next time you run across these terms, you’ll know exactly what they are referring to!