Native apps have their own charm because they offer enough speed and performance for businesses to take advantage of. Well, there was a time when businesses shifted their preferences from native apps to web apps because web apps did not need separate coding for various platforms. These apps were however slow and did not have the ability to use the native features of the mobile devices such as camera, GPS etc. Then there came a time where hybrid apps took over, combining the benefits of both mobile and web apps.
Native apps development is still still popular and there are many businesses that prefer their apps to stay on the user's mobile phone so that they can conveniently use it. That's exactly why mobile apps gain more traction. They are present on the mobile and very handy when needed! Web apps have a lot more dependencies for performance such as the strength of the carrier network or the internet connection and the overall quality of the hosting service.
Here's why native apps are popular today and will continue to be for a long time:
Performance is better
There are fewer dependencies for native apps as far as performance is concerned. Unlike web apps that are almost completely dependent on the speed of the internet carrier on the mobile device, apps are directly installed on the mobile devices and their speed and performance is unaffected by external dependencies. They can be programmed for optimized performance on various platforms.
Specialized development environments provide ecosystems for developers to create native apps. These tools have greatly evolved over time and today they enable developers to create awesome apps in a short period of time. Both Android and Xcode offer developers with a comprehensive set of tools to work with in order to design test and develop apps with appealing features.
The look and the feel of the app
Because they are specifically designed for the mobile phones, these apps look and feel as though they 'belong' to your device. The designers take into account the comfort levels of the target users and design apps as per their preferences.
While using native apps, users expect certain functionality and design patterns. For example, the zoom in feature and the location of the back button needs to be maintained in native apps. The apps should be designed to provide the end user convenience and ease of use.
As user behaviors evolve, they expect mobile apps to do a lot more than a few simple tasks on their mobile phones. The bar is constantly raised for developers to create innovative apps that can work well for businesses to interact with customers and attract new customers too.
As technology advances, newer smart mobile devices are introduced in the market and this gives way to new opportunities in the field of application development.