While the decision to invest in mobile apps positively influences the growth of a business, there still seems to be a lot of concern regarding the success rate of mobile apps. There are millions of apps on various app stores and not all of them are created equally. Some apps die out soon after their launch while others stand the test of time with performance and UX upgrades.
Historically, most apps available on the market now are native apps; high performance apps built for specific platforms. And obviously, to use native apps, they have to be manually downloaded to the mobile device. Though this approach to running apps on mobile devices is still welcome, there are now new ways to use a mobile app thanks to the proliferation of the cloud.
Cloud mobile apps are hosted on servers and accessed via web browsers. Surprisingly however, despite the appeal of cloud mobile app development, many businesses are reluctant to invest in it mostly due to the presence of many myths and confusion surrounding the technology.
If you are finding it difficult to choose cloud mobile app development over other methods, here are a few things you should know before making a decision.
Cloud mobile apps can be launched on both iOS and Android simultaneously
While native apps are built for one platform specifically, cloud apps can run on both platforms. For a business, this means that their cloud app can expose their brand to a wider audience. When developing a mobile app, many businesses find it challenging to choose a platform; with Android being the OS that controls the global market share of mobile users and iOS offering premium services and innovative features. This challenge doesn’t present itself when developing a cloud app.
Lower development costs
If you aren’t new to the mobile app development trend, you’d probably know that native mobile app development can be quite costly. So a business planning to build native apps for both iOS and Android will be spending more than double the development cost depending on the nature and scale of the app. Cloud apps are much less costly to build and will run on both platforms making it a great option for startups.
Shorter development time
The time to build an app depends on a number of factors. But native mobile app development is generally is a complicated and lengthy process. Furthermore, if the business wants to add a few more complex features, development may take even longer to finish. So the development of two versions of business apps that can run on both the iOS and Android platforms can take over a year to finish. By that time, the dynamic app market would have changed with even more difficult competition. Cloud apps don’t necessarily have a shorter development time but they can run on multiple platforms without requiring platform-specific development. So for a business about to invest in developing native iOS and Android apps, a more feasible option would be to develop a cloud mobile app. Such businesses can have cloud mobile apps developed in a relatively shorter time compared to developing iOS and Android versions separately.
Provides consistently good UX and performance
Unlike standard mobile apps that need to be downloaded from their platform-specific stores, cloud mobile apps are fully hosted on servers and can be accessed via a web browser. So cloud apps don’t have mobile hardware limitations that standard apps may have. Furthermore, cloud apps are normally hosted on powerful servers to ensure consistently great performance and user experience whenever they are accessed via compatible browsers. The catch is that cloud apps behave more like web apps or come with the traits of both web and mobile apps.
For a business app to efficiently serve its purpose, it should be constantly updated and improved. Growing businesses would want their app to scale in parallel with their growth. Additionally, businesses may want to implement additional features eventually to improve user experience. Doing all of this on native apps would cost more money right after development. Cloud apps, however, offer greater scalability. Users won’t have to update the app every time a new feature is added.
Cloud app development is a cost-effective approach to develop apps that can perform and scale efficiently. It will also be easier to integrate business databases seamlessly with a cloud app. Data recovery would be easier as well due to the fact that data are stored on the cloud as opposed to a single server with exploitable vulnerabilities.
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