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Mobile App or Web App

So you've got a great idea- or a specific need for a business tool- and you’re looking into getting a custom application. For some, it’s hard to know where to start as to whether the app in question needs to be specially built for smartphones and tablets, or if a browser-based web application would make more sense.

What’s the difference, anyway?

Mobile apps are applications downloaded via distributors such as Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple). App icons appear on your device for quick access to your newly installed programs. Examples of mobile app uses include scheduling and calendars, note-taking, organization, and games.

Web apps are available in any common browser such as Chrome or Safari. They’re more advanced than a regular webpage in that they are specially programmed for user interaction- for example, inputting and storing information. Examples of web applications include shopping carts, payment processing tools, and discussion forums.

Which option should I go with and why?

Mobile apps are well suited for management of information stored offline, bill paying and service or maintenance request portals, scheduling and notifications, quick access to promotional content like coupons and limited offers, applications utilizing common smartphone-driven technologies such as GPS and transit routes, and applications or games utilizing physical engagement with devices (shaking, etc).

Web apps are well suited for advanced management of web content, backend administration, storing and compiling data, applications requiring typing, or applications used primarily for display.

Avallo Web Development has you covered.

Here at Avallo, our team of engineers have the skill and experience to build your custom application on both platforms. We will work with you to determine which path would be the most sensible for the purpose and functionality of your idea or tool. Contact us today and tell us your thoughts!