IDC predicts that there will be 30 billion mobile devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Meanwhile, more and more users are tapping their tablets and smart phones to access data and applications instead of desktops.
The trend towards mobile business applications creates huge potential for greater productivity and better collaboration. That’s why we believe it is time for you to seriously consider optimizing your applications to work with mobile devices.
Mobile Applications — Web-Based vs. Native
Mobile apps are increasingly prevalent and there’s no doubt that adding mobile access to business applications offers more flexibility. But what is the best way to build a mobile app? Two methods are available: web apps optimized for mobile devices and native apps developed for different mobile OS platforms.
Let’s compare the strengths and weaknesses of each method:
|Criteria||Native Apps||Web Apps|
|Development Cost||High||Low |
|Development Time||Long ||Short|
|Required Expertise||Advanced Developers||Non-Developers|
In summary, this table shows that native mobile apps are significantly more costly, lengthy, and complex compared to web apps. For most business applications, it makes more sense to create web apps that are optimized for mobile devices.
Optimizing Your Apps for Mobile — It’s Easy with Caspio
We are fully aware how much this trend affects our customers. With Caspio, creating a mobile app is no different from creating a regular web app, except that you optimize your app for screen sizes and layouts suitable for the intended mobile devices. Part of this challenge can be addressed using the iPhone Kit we offer to our customers.
Additionally, our upcoming Caspio 8.0 release will be touch-friendly so you can more easily create apps using your favorite tablet device. Sign up for our beta program to request early access.
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