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Today we are going to discuss about “The difference between Mobile Application and Mobile Website”. Before peeping into the deep. I would like to give a small idea of what mobile application and mobile website is .
What is a Mobile application ?
As it name says it is an application. An application developed for running in any mobile devices for example Mobile or Tablets. Since it is an application software , we need it to install into our mobile device. Desktop applications were the ancestor of mobile application. Desktop applications were developed for desktops. for example Photoshop , MS Office etc..
Where can I get a mobile application ?
Mobile applications can be downloaded typically from an app marketplace, such as the Apple App Store or Android’s Google Play store. There are a lot available in the market both paid and free versions are available. Mobile applications are depended to mobile Operating systems say, Android, Apple, Blackberry .
If you are looking for an application exclusively for your need, You can hire a company or a freelancer like us to develop one for you.
What is a Mobile Website ?
Most of us are familiar with normal websites. For example you are reading us on a website forum. Now what is a mobile website ?.
A mobile website is also a website which is designed specifically for smaller screens of mobile devices. It can be accessed using any mobile device’s Web browser, like Safari on iOS and Chrome on Android. Users simply type in the URL or click on a link to your website, and the website automatically detects the mobile device and redirects the viewer to the mobile version of your website.
Where can I get a Mobile Website ?
Nothing to worry. Most of the Web Developers can make it for you. Now a days most of the websites are designed with a focus on the smaller screens too. As we discussed on our previous article (Why responsive website is important ? ) , search engines are insisting websites to be mobile friendly for a better indexing.
Now its time for us to compare the both
Advantages and Disadvantages
The above image can speak a lot . Yes both Mobile Application and Mobile Website have their own advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to take a decision making point, Your end goal should decide the choice.
If you are developing an interactive game an app is probably going to be your best option. But if your goal is to offer mobile-friendly content to the widest possible audience then a mobile website is probably the way to go. In some cases you may decide you need both a mobile website and a mobile app, but it’s pretty safe to say that it rarely makes sense to build an app without already having a mobile website in place.
Generally speaking, a mobile website should be considered your first step in developing a mobile web presence, whereas an app is useful for developing an application for a very specific purpose that cannot be effectively accomplished via a web browser.