Native App vs. Web App: Which Is Better for Mobile Commerce?
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Surprisingly not nearly as clear-cut an answer as one would expect. If I had been asked last summer I would have gone web apps all the way. However after exploring integration in terms of how it relates to business needs and the security around “clouds” I have definitely come to appreciate native applications. Perhaps the biggest factor was a project I conducted where my team and I explored the offline application abilities of HTML5 which is discussed a little bit in this article. Needless to say our results showed that in it’s current state it would hardly be beneficial to build offline applications, though there are some promising fixes currently planned for development. Either ways the mobile revolution has given new meaning to ‘native apps’ as they are now smaller and more scalable pieces of software that are easily distributed. Given these new attributes, do web apps really have that much of an advantage?