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Mobile App Companions for Web Applications

Posted by: Ashley Zimmerman | On: 30th Sep, 2013 | Startup

This is a common scenario.

You have a successful web application for your customers, employees or partners. They work great on desktop browsers, but not very well on smartphones and tablets.

How do you make your websites phone-friendly?

At Armia Systems, we have seen these scenarios many times. There are a couple of options to consider.  One route is to create a mobile version of your website, but the most common solution is to create a  mobile app companion.

If you already have a website, it is fairly easy to link the app to an existing website and its database. Because of this, most of the work would be done on the website. Normally the mobile app could be very lightweight initially.

For this, we usually create a small API to connect with the mobile app to avoid any disruption to the existing web app.  To make a website responsive, we can also create something very similar.  This way, your web app can “talk” directly to your mobile app companion.

Don’t limit your users or cause them to become frustrated with an inaccessible website. This solution can work well even if you have web applications that handle ordering systems, CRM databases or other systematic operations and processes.

Whether you would like to create a mobile version of your site or a mobile app companion, Armia Systems can easily deliver a viable and affordable solution for you.  We offer the e-business services you need to make your business a success.

Your needs are met with speed and precision by our highly trained team of IT professionals. Since we have created hundreds of web and mobile applications for clients from various industries, you can be certain we have the skills to handle your most demanding projects.

How are Mobile Apps built?

The development of mobile apps is more expensive compared to web app development. The mobile apps are mostly platform-specific with advanced features and functionalities, thus they require more time and money. Native mobile apps are built-in specific languages and dedicated IDE depending on the platform. Each of the platforms has its own guidelines to follow for the deployment process. You can use cross-platform app development tools for the easiness of the process.

For Android Native Apps – Language is Java and IDE is Android Studio and Eclipse. For Apple Native IOS –  Language is Swift or Objective-C and IDE is XCode.

Many of the best mobile app development companies are using tools and SDK provided by Apple and Google. 

Pros of Native Mobile Apps

  • More faster than web apps
  • Able to work offline
  • No safety and security issues
  • Easy to build

Cons of Native Mobile Apps

  • More expensive than web apps
  • Expensive to maintain and update

How are Web Apps built?

Web apps are created using JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5. In general, there is no software development kit is available for building web apps. So the company that hired for web app development can use templates. Web apps have simple features so that it can be built quicker than mobile apps in less time and effort. 

Progressive Web Apps

Progressive web apps come up when standard web apps lack its functionality offered by mobile apps. Unlike the other two apps, progressive web apps are able to work offline and doesn’t require installation. The application cache feature of a progressive web app helps to store data offline. While they work offline, it has similar features of native mobile apps. These apps are independent of internet connection.

Pros of Web Apps

  • No need to install or download
  • Easier to maintain
  • Easy to build
  • App store approval is not required

Cons of Web Apps

  • Doesn’t work offline
  • Slower compared to mobile apps
  • Safety and security issues are there

Take a look at our portfolio or contact us at 312.423.6728 for more information.

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