You can probably imagine a situation where managers or power users demand a native business app to run on their iPads and phones. And despite numerous drawbacks of native apps vs. web apps you will hear justifications why web apps aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. So here are five questions we recommend are good guideline to decide whether a native app is actually a venture worth having.
Naturally there will be conclusions where developing a native application, despite the lifetime cost, is the right thing to do. However it is recommendable to put a responsively designed web service first and only create a native app using the APIs of that service. That has the added benefit that even users that do not have an app installed get a basic / non-enriched experience. Apart from that producing APIs is a smart way to enable more and potentially better apps from 3rd parties to emerge.
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