The world of app development is an exciting, yet sometimes confusing place. There is no definitive answer as to which type of app you should go for. Your choice will depend on you, your budget and time-scale. The aim of this article is to give you a sound understanding of the different types of apps available and to aid your decision as to whether you should spend your hard-earned cash.
The moment you consider investing in a mobile app, you’re immediately faced with a barrage of terminology. What’s the difference between iOS and Android? What are native, hybrid and web apps? More importantly, which is most appropriate for your and your app?
As it stands, most mobile devices use one of the two dominant operating systems: Google-developed Android (48.3%) and the Apple-developed iOS (41%). The difference between these operating systems and their related devices isn’t just aesthetic: Just as your MacBook won’t run a Windows application, an Android phone can’t run an app built for iPhone.
What about Blackberry and Windows phones? From an app developer point of view, their small, declining market share means that there’s little need to consider them. Google and Apple are dominant and this is not going to change.