In This Chapter
Uncovering the difference between mobile web apps and native apps
Knowing when to build a hybrid native app
Seeing the different parts of an app
Three objects were considered essential across all participants, cultures, and genders: keys, money, and mobile phone.
—Jan Chipchase, Nokia
Mobile phones are increasing the reach of web applications and those connected to the Internet. Every year, people buy 300 million desktop computers but almost 2 billion mobile phones — and the number is steadily increasing.
With all these mobile phones users, it takes less time than ever to build a massive user audience. Facebook, which initially started as a website, reached 1 billion users after eight and a half years. Whatsapp, a mobile messaging app, registered the same number of users in just six years.
In this chapter, you learn about the creation of mobile applications that run in a browser on any mobile device as well as applications that are downloaded from an app store and run directly on only one type of mobile device, such as an iPhone or Android phone.
Web applications are websites you visit using a web browser ...