What is the future of native apps

Apps in transition - the future of mobile applications

For working people today, smartphones and tablet PCs are a constant companion in order to be able to carry out work tasks, make appointments and stay in contact while on the move. Even access to the corporate network is common practice in many places. Applications are used either via web apps or native apps.

Web apps run on all mobile systems

Web apps are created in HTML5 and CSS and run as mobile websites with an extended range of functions in a browser on the mobile device. Native apps are stand-alone applications that are programmed in Java, C ++ or Objective C and are permanently installed on a mobile device.

Web apps are suitable for mobile scenarios in which static content such as text, videos or images and simple business logic from a website should be optimally displayed on a mobile device. The exception is Flash content, as Apple's iOS does not support it. A web app can be used independently of the platform - a major advantage over a native app.

  1. Find my iPhone
    A lost smartphone is not always just annoying. By linking address data, calendar information and email histories, a large number of sensitive data threatens to fall into the wrong hands. To locate, lock or remotely wipe devices, Apple offers the free "Find my iPhone" app.
  2. Find my friends
    With the "Find my friends" app offered by Apple itself, contacts can be shown where they are. So friends can always be located on the map. The app is useful, for example, when several people want to meet in a crowd.
  3. Google Maps
    The satellite view can optionally be shown in the map display. In addition, the traffic situation and public transport can be displayed. If you tap on "Google Earth" in the options, you will see the current position displayed there.
  4. Shipowner
    With the shipowner for the iPhone, the developer has succeeded in creating an impressive Google reader client. The iPhone app is fed directly from the Google service and easily synchronizes all read and marked entries.
  5. IM +
    For 7.99 euros, the developers of IM + are offering a complete package that can be connected to a number of popular instant messaging services. Photos, videos and texts can thus be exchanged between call participants and SMS / MMS costs saved. IM + also supports Skype. Calls can even be recorded and listened to as a voice message. Thanks to the integrated browser, you don't have to leave the app if you ever receive a link. You will stay online for up to seven days in all registered networks and will be informed of new messages via push notifications.
  6. Skype
    The official Skype app offers practically all of the features that have made the VoIP network so popular. This includes the instant messenger function, as well as free IP telephony to all other Skype participants. Due to its widespread use, the Skype app is more than a practical alternative to Apple's own "FaceTime" technology. Since version 4.1.2, Skype also supports the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5.
  7. weather.info
    The free iPhone app wetter.info offers advertising-financed weather information for Germany. In addition to standard information such as the weather forecast for the next few days and the respective maximum daily temperatures, wetter.info also shows interesting additional information such as animated weather maps or a constantly updated rain radar. Current weather reports are also available as video. The free offer is definitely worth a look. Only the advertisements could be perceived as annoying.
  8. iCab Mobile
    Cab Mobile is an alternative browser for Safari and surpasses the standard browser of the iPhone in its functionality. For example, iCab Mobile fills out forms with the integrated form manager, which is a great relief, especially on the iPhone. All in all, iCab Mobile is a very good browser and a real alternative to Safari. Since it is a universal binary for iPhone and iPad, the purchase is very easy for owners of both devices.
  9. Flashlight
    Flashlight uses the iPhone 4's LED light as a flashlight. In older devices, the display is used for ambient lighting. The many options in terms of color and flashing frequency also give the iPhone app a certain depth.
  10. Instapaper
    Every day, more messages hit us than we can actually read. Instapaper is an auxiliary tool that can be used to mark interesting articles for later reading. For this, the user simply integrates the personal Instapaper bookmarklet or uses one of the many compatible iPhone apps. The Instapaper app itself is used to read the reserved Internet pages. To do this, the application downloads messages for offline reading. Comfort functions such as night mode or the preparation and concentration on the pure text elements of each page make Instapaper also useful.
  11. ON AIR
    The ON AIR app shows the current TV program very clearly. The stations can be easily set and sorted. At a glance you can see what's going on. A tip on a program shows the relevant information. A reminder function can also be set for broadcasts, then the iPhone reminds a push message that the TV report is now starting.

According to a survey by the information service "Business Insider", Google's Chrome browser supports almost 100 web app features in the Android environment, followed by Firefox with 93. In the iOS area, Apple's Safari fully supports 90 different features.

In contrast, a native app has to be specially adapted for every mobile operating system, whether Apple iOS, Google Android, BlackBerry or Windows mobile, as well as to the different release statuses. This leads to significantly higher development costs. Native applications are also controlled in an app store, which is associated with restrictions that can sometimes lead to conflicts.