Responsive Website or Mobile App
Whats the difference between a Responsive website and a mobile app?
A “responsive website” is a normal website, but one that was built to display the site content so that it looks good on any device and any size screen. An “app” is not a website, though it may link to one. It is a special program platform, similar to a website but with significant differences, and designed to run on mobile devices only. Mobile devices may use an app even if they are not connected to the internet at that time. In general each mobile device type (iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, etc.) requires a different development platform to make and distribute apps and each platform requires a separate App Store submission process. Count on the app approval process being time consuming and expensive.
Reasons to build a mobile app
- Your application needs access to one or more native features on their mobile device (such as the camera, GPS system, accelerometer, and so on).
- You want the application’s icon to appear on the home screen of the mobile device.
- Your application needs to be available offline.
- You want to monetize your application by making it available for purchase in an app store or market.
Reasons to build a “responsive” website
- You do not want to go through the separate cost of design and the App Store submission process for each device.
- You would rather have your users use their browser instead of downloading an application.
- Some device browsers have better functionality than the apps.
- You want your application to be viewed on both desktop computers and mobile devices
Make an informed choice to fit your company’s needs and resources. You may need them both. And maybe you can use the technology of Progressive Web Apps.