The term “app” in the technology world can mean a number of things. When we hear "app", we often think of games, social media platforms, and the little icons on our home screens of our phones. However, in the business world "apps" can represent many types of platforms and programs and solve all kinds of business problems. For example, an application could be an online maintenance system that alerts a company when a piece of equipment malfunctions. It can also be used for lead generation, customer relationship management, or customer retention.

There are two main types of apps - web based and mobile based. Let’s take a look at 3 of the main differences between a web application and a mobile app:

1. Accessibility
Mobile apps are built for a specific platform (Android or iOS) and can be accessed from anywhere. They can access system resources on your device (such as GPS, phone, calendar), and they do not generally need an internet connection to function. A web app requires an internet connection, but it does not need to be downloaded or installed. It operates from within your browser and can be easily updated. Because of this, web apps can sometimes be a bit more difficult to find because they are not located in an app store.

2. Cost
In terms of cost, web applications tend to be less expensive than mobile apps. This is mainly due to the fact that mobile apps need to be built for numerous operating systems, which adds a number of extra steps to the build process. Web apps are built a little more closely to a website and require less time and cost, but they can look the same as a mobile app.

3. Security/Maintenance
Mobile apps are typically more secure because they are housed right on your device as opposed to web apps, which are housed on the internet and can be a bit more vulnerable. However, web apps are easier to maintain and update than mobile apps because they are not dealing with multiple platforms.

Whether it be mobile or web-based, an application can be an excellent way to save time and money for your business. At Webfitters, we help you determine which is best suited for you and your business. Our apps are all purpose built and tailored to fit your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more on how we can help you, let’s chat!