Mobile Apps One offers two types of mobile applications: Native and PWA. Both have their distinct advantages and disadvantages and selecting one type over another depends what you are looking for in an app.

Native Apps are developed for a single mobile operating system, therefore they are ‘native’ for a particular platform or device. Here at Mobile Apps One, we publish apps for the iOS and Android systems, meaning your new app will be in the Apple App Store and the Android Play Store. The main advantage of native apps is the high performance and better user experience. They also have a clear tendency to reach their targeted customers. The main disadvantage of native apps is the higher cost of publishing compared to other types of apps. Apple and Android have strict publishing guidelines which require separate support and maintenance, which result in a more costly product.

PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) are software applications that behave similarly to native apps, but use a browser to run and are usually written in HTML5. In its most simplistic form, PWAs are ‘app-like’ websites which combine the best practices brought from the native systems and delivers them to browsers. These types of apps redirect a user to a URL and offer an ‘install’ option by simply creating a bookmark on their user’s home screen. Because web apps are responsive and work in a browser, the main advantage is that they can be developed faster. And faster means less costly to create. Web apps work on almost all devices that support the technology. However, some features on the PWAs are not yet fully serviceable, like push notifications. While PWAs can send out push notices, the recipients of the messages will not have them pop up as in the native systems. The messages will be contained in the app and the user will have to find it and open it to know its content.

In conclusion, deciding on which app to use is purely a personal/business decision. Apple and Android are the ‘heavy hitters’ and are performance ready with a strong native User Interface. They are more costly to build but have stronger support and maintenance programs. PWAs are less costly to build, but don’t have all the strong features. They are more easily built but don’t feel like they are made on a limited budget.

Apple Developer: Overview and Set up. As we have mentioned earlier, Apple and Android have strict publishing guidelines. One of the latest guidelines, is that all customers will need to create their own Apple Developer Account. We have included the guide to setting up your Apple account. Follow the steps provide, and you will have your own Apple Developer Account. After the creation of your app, we will publish it to your Apple Developer account. The cost to become an Apple Developer is $99/year, payable to Apple. So if you’re sure you want to publish to iOS and Android, please complete the Apple Developer Acct information we’ve provided for you here.