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Web Mobile vs. Native Apps – App Designers Discuss Pros and Cons

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Published 14 Aug 2014

[cont'd] experience, Native apps still have design and utility freedoms that cannot be duplicated within the confines of a browser/HTML5 – namely security, UI design, offline usage, and access to device hardware. With this in mind, many companies are adopting a Hybrid App strategy that uses elements from both types of apps. 

Matthew W. Choy, Rsupport / Mobizen

Since mobile Web apps are platform independent, we would expect them to make it easier for multiple-device families to communicate with each other. However, they are slower because they need to match each device’s feature to its limited web equivalent. A Native app has access to a lot more device features and an unrivaled user experience. With today’s technology, a mobile app developed natively for each device has the same cross-platform communication abilities as other web apps with the user experience and other features that a Web app cannot achieve.

Loris Mazloum, SimpleVisa

It depends on the type of use of the platform. For short visits, such as reading articles and news for example, the Web is the solution that brings the user closer to the content and therefore is the best solution. For repeated use, such as communities and social networks, for example, the Native solution is the one that offers better performance and stability for navigation, vital for retaining users.

Joseph Bregeiro, Widbook

From a UX perspective, some of the new front-end frameworks enable the development of app-like mobile Web experiences, and they're getting closer...