How do Mobile Apps Work?

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How do Mobile Apps Work

This may sound like a silly question, but do you know how do mobile apps work?
If you have a smartphone or other mobile device, you probably use apps to read, get detailed location instructions, access news, learn about weather or simply use a calculator. 

Mobile applications are easy to download and often free. They can be so fun and convenient that you can download them without worrying about some basic considerations: how they are paid, what information they can collect from your device or who receives them.

With the advancement in technology and the virtual Internet world, becoming the almost real world, mobile apps is a must these days.
The world is becoming smaller because everyone is just a  click away. Distance is no longer an issue. Now that people are living virtually, the screens are also becoming smaller. 

People are moving from desktops to mobiles and hence the importance of mobile applications have grown all the more. Everyone has an application these days. Television programs, websites, large multinational corporations and even small grocery stores now have apps to sell their products. But…

What is a mobile application?

Well, applications or apps as they are generally called, are basically small independent programs, used to improve existing features, in a simple and easy to use way.

Take one of today’s modern smartphones. They all come with powerful web browsers, which means you can do almost anything on a phone, that you do on a desktop.

But manipulating a URL bar and managing bookmarks on a mobile phone is still an uncomfortable and quite tiresome experience. That is why many online sites and services now go the way of adapting an independent application, which allows them to better control the user experience and make the process easier and faster.

Let us take an example of online banking. You can connect to your bank’s website using the phone’s browser, but it is a hassle to enter text, change the size of the screen so you can see the small box of the PIN code, log in every time and other formalities is lesser than extra work for you.

While on the other hand, a banking application simplifies the process for the users. 

  • It remembers your login details, which makes it easy for you to use it every time. 
  • The text is more readable on a small screen. 
  • Your data remains confidential because you use the app on your personal banking app.
  • You can access it anywhere, anytime.
  • It makes things easier for you and maintaining data becomes hassle free. 

And that is the essence of most applications. Its objective is to simplify your life and make tasks more mobile friendly. Now that you know what is a mobile app, let us understand

How mobile application works?

Mobile applications are moving away from the embedded software systems normally found on PCs. Instead, each application provides limited and isolated functions, such as a game, a calculator or mobile web browsing. 

While applications have been able to avoid multiple tasks due to the limited hardware resources of the first mobile devices, their specificity is now part of their convenience, as they allow consumers to choose what their devices can do.

The simplest mobile applications take PC-based applications and transport them to a mobile device. As mobile applications become more robust, this technique is somewhat deficient. A more sophisticated approach implies a specific development for mobile platforms, taking advantage of both its limitations and its benefits.

For example, applications that use location-based functions are created inherently from scratch, keeping in mind the mobile because the user does not have the same concept of location on a PC.

When you open an application, it runs in the operating system until you close it. Most of the time, you will have several applications open at the same time, that is called multitasking. Let us take a look at

Types of application

There are three different types of applications:

  • Native applications

These applications are developed exclusively for a single mobile operating system, so they are “native” for a particular platform or device. 

The application created for systems such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, Blackberry can not be used on a platform other than the specific platforms they are designed for. 

In other words, you will not be able to use the Android application on the iPhone. The main benefit of native applications is their high performance and good user experience, since developers use the device’s native user interface.

In addition, access to a wide range of APIs does not impose any limitations on the use of the application. Native applications are clearly accessible from these application stores and have a clear tendency to reach the target customers.

Some disadvantages of native applications are a higher cost compared to other types of applications, due to the need to create duplicate applications for other platforms, support and maintenance separately for different types of applications, results in a higher price. 

  • Hybrid applications

They are created using multiplatform web technologies (for example, HTML5, CSS and Javascript). Hybrid applications are mainly applications of websites hidden in a native container. Applications have the usual advantages and disadvantages of native web and mobile applications.

Multiplatform hybrid applications are fast and relatively easy to develop, which is a clear advantage. The unique code for all platforms guarantees low cost maintenance and updates without problems. Widely used APIs, such as gyroscope, accelerometer and geolocation are available.

In addition, hybrid applications lack performance, speed and general optimization over native applications. For example, in addition, there are some design problems due to the inability of the application to present itself in exactly the same way on two or more platforms.

  • Web applications

These are software applications that behave in the same way as native applications. Web applications use a web browser to run and are usually written in HTML5, JavaScript or CSS.

These applications redirect the user to the URL and offer the option of “installation” simply by creating a bookmark on your page.

Normally, web applications require a minimum memory. Since all personal databases are stored on a server, users can access them from any device as long as an Internet connection is established. 

This is why the use of web applications with a bad connection would result in a bad experience for the user. The disadvantage is that developers do not have access to many APIs, with the exception of geolocation and some others.

Different apps

Some of the different apps that are available are:

  • Gaming apps
  • Business apps
  • Utility apps
  • Educational apps
  • Lifestyle apps
  • Entertainment apps
  • Travel apps, etc.

Obviously, there are more categories and types of applications. But we only touch most of the general categories mentioned above. Hundreds of lifestyle applications, sports, fitness, books are just one of the thousands of faces in education and entertainment.

The golden rule for the application developer is that no matter the type of application, this should make life easier. Either for everyone or for a certain group of people, whether in the business world or just for fun. 

And all types of applications, whether native, hybrid or web, always meet the needs of the end user. Each type of application has its strengths and weaknesses therefore, business requirements simply determine the choice of one or the other.

If you do not have a mobile application till now, you are missing out on a very important marketing strategy. Get your mobile application developed today from the best mobile development company. Contact AppsHunts and get a free quote.

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