Anyone planning to build an app for their business will inevitably have to answer the question: which type of mobile app do we build? You may read about other brands who tout how they built their native app from the ground up, or find out a company has a web app or a hybrid app. But what do those terms mean exactly? We hope to introduce you to the differences between the three types, and along the way, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can arrive at an informed decision.
Types of Mobile Apps by Technology: There are three basic types of mobile apps if we categorize them by the technology used to code them:
Native: are created for one specific platform or operating system.
Web: are responsive versions of websites that can work on any mobile device or OS because they’re delivered using a mobile browser.
Hybrid: are combinations of both native and web apps, but wrapped within a native app, giving it the ability to have its own icon or be downloaded from an app store.