Native or Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

Native or Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

Startups are using cross-platform mobile app development as a tool to penetrate the market and so replacing it with the native apps.

When it comes to mobile app development, then it is a great deal harder for a novice entrepreneur to figure out whether to collocate with native or with the cross-platform app development. After opting for cross-platform mobile development, you as an Entrepreneur are entitled to a reward or a prime benefit—“build once and get the app deployed on multiple platforms”

Cross-platform app development is a cost effective solution wherein you can develop an app for different platforms in much lower investment compared to the costs involved in developing native apps. Thus, it becomes extremely challenging to develop native apps using in-house resources, as you need to either train the current employees or hire new staff skilled in developing apps for different native platforms. The necessity of developers with different skill sets (iOS—based on Objective-C; whereas, Android—based on Java) is necessary since they must develop native apps on multiple platforms.

Considering the plethora of devices introduced every day in the market, it is obvious if entrepreneurs are looking to develop mobile applications with a flexible combination of both cross-platform and native app features. To decide whether to go native or use cross-platform technology, you will have to consider the timeline, performance, needs, consumer choice of platform, objective, cost, etc.

In many instances, wherein cross-platform mobile apps seems appropriate, whereas in many cases, native apps lead the way. Nevertheless, the choice to go with native or cross-platform mobile app development are dependent on the context of your objective.



Why Apps are Good For Your Health

Mobile Apps are becoming a major delivery vehicle for health services of all kinds… Just take a look at mHealth!

medical mobile health apps

medical mobile health apps

mHealth (also written as m-health or mobile health) is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health, supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and PDAs, for health services and information, but also to affect emotional states. The mHealth field has emerged as a sub-segment of eHealth, the use of information and communication technology (ICT), such as computers, mobile phones, communications satellite, patient monitors, etc., for health services and information. mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care (via mobile telemedicine).

A mobile phone is the perfect place to deliver an app that helps you monitor what you eat, how you exercise, when you take medication or even keep tabs on your heart-rate. The benefit of instant availability from your pocket or handbag is clear. You can look up the calories in that delicious chocolate cake the restaurant is trying to tempt you with. You get instant gratification when you complete the training regimen for the day set by your cyber trainer. There is a huge and growing range of lifestyle apps on the market, designed to make us look, feel, and live better.

According to the analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.8 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service based on equipment with integrated connectivity at the end of 2012. The figure does not include patients that use monitoring devices connected to a PC or mobile phone.  It only includes systems that rely on monitors with integrated connectivity or systems that use monitoring hubs with integrated cellular or fixed-line modems. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of home monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.9 percent between 2011 and 2017 reaching 9.4 million connections globally by the end of the forecast period.

Check Health at the Google market.

Check Health at the Apple market [via Appexplorer since Apple does not support app searches via web browsers]

What are the Benefits of Having a Mobile Friendly Website?

A mobile-friendly site provides a great overall website experience to your mobile users. Mobile friendly websites can be viewed from anywhere while on the go!
More than 70 million Americans browse websites from their phone every month and over 60 percent of consumers use smartphones or tablets to search for business locations or directions.
It has become a necessity to provide a quality mobile experience and provides quick access to information about your business.

Some basic benefits of mobile friendly websites are:

  • Opportunity. Mobile presence opens up new windows of business and networking opportunities.
  • Compatibility. Mobile websites can be viewed through the browsers of all major smart phones.
  • Efficiency. Simple navigation through easy to use features improves customer experience. Mobile websites give the quick information that your visitors want.
  • Awareness. Provide the public with easy, mobile access to your company’s services offered, pulled from your original website content.

From a technical point of view a mobile site has two major benefits:

  • Less images [faster downloads and lower data charges!]
  • Large buttons instead of those tiny URL links!
  • Compare the two images below to see the differences…