Reasons why the web still beats native for data-driven apps

People prefer to use smartphones for most of the general computing tasks. Even the sales of smartphones have long before outnumbered the sales of desktop PCs. Does that mean the desktop is near to its end?

As per the uprising of smart mobility we are seeing, it’s easy to assume that desktop era is not far from dead but, nothing like this is going to happen any time soon. In fact, desktop will always be the most critical platform for businesses and their apps because of the huge explosion in the complexity and volume of data. If you run a business, you know the actual importance of desktop applications.

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Modern web technologies have brought in the new class of data-intensive businesses apps which are purely based on web standards. The most popular of them are Salesforce, Marketo, and Freshdesk which can easily be accessed via browser.  At the same time there are some web based native apps available on desktops. Slack, Basecamp and Visual Studio Code are originally the web apps rapped with Electron and deployed natively on MacOS, Windows and Linux.

We are also seeing trends of cross-platform apps among developers for both on mobile and web. Advantage of cross-platform isn’t limited merely to writing an app once and implementing it anywhere but, it’s more than that. Many expert web application developers now look cross-platform development as viable option for both mobile and desktop app developments, particularly for enterprise requirements.

Here are the reasons why you should choose web over native for data-intensive apps:

Availability across platforms

It works and appears in the same way on all devices (desktop, smartphones and tablets) and platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS, Linux, and more). However, native experience is better when it comes to engaging users and using the inbuilt device-features but progressive web apps are nothing less then what native technology can do. Forget about remembering the URL of every website or web-app because progressive web lets add  right to the home screen. Then we have native container based web apps which let you install web application natively.

No botheration of update at user-end

Downloading and using a web app is way easier than native app. With native apps users need to download the whole stack locally and install it in their devices. Then they have to take care of updates every time reaching to them. But with web, these things do not exist. Updates happened at server which means users will always use the updated version of the app whenever they will reach it.

Use the whole real estate of screens

Web apps are capable or running and supporting almost all screens having the web and browser supports. This characteristic of the app doubtlessly make them the best medium to offer data-centric functionality to users. Because these apps are based on web standards, single version can use the entire screen real estate.

Consistency of experience, always, all the ways

Regardless of multiple platforms or devices, web standards are the same. This simply means that a single app will uniformly work on any device used by users. No matter where are they, no matter what device they have, they can always expect the same user experience.

Sharing and reusing code

This is one the great feature owned by almost all web application. When developing a native technology based app, often time code has to be written separately for separate platform but with a web application, almost everything is reusable and sharable.

Lowers development cost, less maintenance and offline experience

Web apps are created by web developers. Web development services are far less expensive in comparison to native app programming services. This allows businesses making all their investment in single app having rich features and functionalities.

Also, web apps require less maintenance and are capable of delivering better offline experience.

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