There are three main technology choices to consider when building apps for smart devices; web, native, and hybrid.
Web apps are built and deployed to a web server running in a data center and viewable through any device’s web browser. Native apps are built specific to a device’s platform and are downloaded and installed onto the device through an app store. Hybrid apps are built using similar web-based technologies as web apps but are bundled up and deployed inside native app wrappers that are distributed to users through app stores just like native apps.
Choosing which of the three different types of mobile apps to build involves prioritizing three potentially conflicting sets of goals. Those goals are time to market, total cost of ownership and the user experience. Time to market can include the total time it takes to develop an app for multiple platforms, or just one platform. Total cost of…
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