Types of Mobile Applications

venkatesan | February 5 - 2015

Mobile applications are the compact software programs which helps to increase the functionality in mobile devices. There are thousands of user friendly apps present in the market which helps in chatting with friends, booking tickets on upcoming events, interacting with media and number of apps of different categories, each serving their functions. Mobile apps are split up into three categories. Although the development process is different the end results and functions are quite similar.

Native Apps:

This app is designed to operate and run directly on a phone, tablet or a similar device. These set of apps run on particular platforms or operating system like Android and IOS. Installation of these apps is a simple process of just searching for a relevant mobile store and downloading the software directly to your phone. Different version of the applications can be programmed to run on Android and IOS.

Geo location, built in browser, office applications, calculators, games and calendars are some of the popular native applications which are downloaded. Native apps are most effective to be used under the available hardware devices like tablet, phones. This is also the preferred ones for developers to program complex functions.

Web-based Apps:

These set of apps are designed to run on mobile browser that is already running in phones and tablet. These applications are not downloaded from app stores but run on a host server which hosts this software program. Also these apps run on multiple platforms and are not restricted by any operating system.

Cloud based office tools, chat applications, e mail applications, social networks are some of the popular web based options. These web applications are becoming more popular with developers especially for the creation of HTML5 programming options. The existence of HTML 5 has made it lot easier to create apps with faster responsive times and functionality by using the resources of the hardware.


Hybrid is the further most option provided to the developer to build apps. These ones are quite similar to native apps and programmed with latest technologies like CSS, HTML 5, JavaScript. The hybrid apps rely on the browser engine of phone and runs within the native container. Hybrid apps are known for their ability to offer cross platform functionality.