In My last blog I discussed the pros and cons of native apps… the ones you get off the app store. This time I’m going to talk about web apps.
Web apps are more common than you might think… facebook and twitter are web apps, Xero accounting software is also a web app. They are applications that use the internet browser on your device to run. Most of the time web apps behave the same as a native app in that you can log in, store data, run reports and with some, you can use them offline. The two most common mobile operating systems: Android and Apple’s iOS are recognising this now and have made it possible to create a shortcut on your home screen so you can access the web app like a native app, without the address bar at the top like a normal web page in the browser. Of course a lot of web apps have also created native apps that operate the parent web app… but we won’t go into that today!