Native Apps vs. Web Apps – What Is the Better Choice?

As it comes to mobile app development, a lot goes into its making. It starts from elaborate planning and then goes through several processes to come together to form a harmonious whole. Once an app idea comes to the mind, then it goes through several stages such as planning, app design, app development, testing and then deployment of the app to the intended mobile device or devices. However, there is something you must keep in mind even before going through these stages of app development. You must settle on the exact way in which they desire to create and deploy your app. As it comes to app development, you must choose between these two – either to develop a native app or a Web app. So here we help you in finding out which is the better option for you between native apps and Web apps.

Analyzing the Native Apps vs. Mobile Apps Debate

Native Apps vs. Web Apps – What Is the Better Choice

Speaking of a Native App, it’s an app that’s developed particularly for one mobile device and it’s directly installed onto the device itself. The native apps are downloaded by the users usually via app stores online or the app marketplace, like Apple App Store, the Google Playstore and so on. One of the examples of the native app is the Camera+ app for Apple’s iOS devices.

As it comes to a Web App, these are actually Internet-enabled apps accessed via the mobile device’s Web browser. Like Safari browser is an example of a mobile Web app. It’s not necessary to download such apps onto the user’s mobile device.

User Interface

If we look for the mobile device user’s perspective, then some native and Web apps appear and work just the same way, though has very slight difference between them. Basically, the choice needs to be made between two types of apps , like whether to develop a user-centric app or an application-centric app. There are companies that go on to develop both native and Web apps, so as to widen the reach of their apps, while at the same time also offer a great overall user experience.

App Development Process

  • It’s the app development process that ultimately sets apart these two types of apps. To start with each mobile platform that the native app is developed for specifies its own unique development process. As it comes to Web apps that run on a mobile device’s Web browser, the problem lies in the fact that these mobile devices have exceptional features and with that comes their distinctive problems.
  • There is a different native programming language for every mobile platform, like iOS uses Objective-C, Android uses Java, Windows Mobile uses C++ and so on. As it comes to Web apps, they use languages such as JavaScript, HTML 5, CSS3or other Web application frameworks as per the developer’s preferences.
  • While developing a native app, the developers are presented with mobile platform that offers them its own standardized SDK, development tools and other user interface elements that allow them to develop the apps easily. Whereas there is no such standardization when it comes to Web apps, as the developer gets no access to SDKs or tools of any sort.
  • There are a number of tools and frameworks accessible to the developer, useful in deploying apps to multiple mobile platforms and Web browsers.
  • Number of tools and frameworks are available to the developer that can be used to deploy apps to multiple mobile platforms and Web browsers.


A native app is fully compatible with the device’s hardware and native features, like accelerometer, camera, etc, while Web apps get to access only a few of the device’s native features. On the other hand, a native app works as a standalone entity, which is why the user is constantly asked to download updates, however that’s not the case with a web app, as it updates on its own sans the need for user intervention. Though sometimes, it needs to be accessed via a mobile device’s browser.

Money Making on Apps

It can be a tricky process to monetize native apps, as few of the device manufacturers are certain to place restrictions on integrating services with certain mobile ad platforms and networks. As it comes to Web apps they allow you to monetize apps with the help of advertisements, charging membership fees and so on. Generally, app store is responsible to handle your revenue and commission in case of native app, while you can setup your own payment system when it comes to a Web app.


Money-wise, native apps are a costly affair with them being faster and way more efficient as they work in tandem with the mobile device they are developed for, while assuring of quality as users get to access them via app store online.

Web apps cost higher as it comes to maintenance across various mobile platforms owing to the absence of regulatory authority to control quality standards of these apps. However, the Apple App Store features a listing of Apple’s Web apps.


Now before making a decision regarding a native app or a Web app, it’s advised to go through the above-mentioned aspects which would be helpful in reaching the right decision over which kind of app will be right for your business.

Author Biography: Arun Goyal is Founder-CEO at Octal Info Solution Technology innovation and trends insight come easy to Arun with his thorough knowledge in the domain. A leader in his own rights, his grad-friends see him as an avid researcher and a technology evangelist. See him talking about ideas, trends and technology as a part-time author to this blog. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook.


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