Web Applications for Mobile Devices
Web applications are a specific kind of app that can be used on a mobile device. Web apps are an excellent way to connect with your customers and provide convenient services and information no matter where they are. The benefit of a web app is that it is not distributed through traditional app distribution sites such as the Apple App Store or Google Play. Rather, web applications are accessed via the Internet so they can easily be updated and maintained.
To use a web app, users simply download the app to their mobile device home page so they can instantly access the app any time they need. An example of a web application is our Mobile Locations Finder web app which locates users on a map and shows information for the company location nearest to them. The Mobile Locations Finder app is branded to your business to include your locations around the world, and data for each individual store or franchise location is conveniently managed within the web app.
Mobile Website, Mobile Application or Mobile Web Application?
- If you have been reading through our website you will find all three of these options available to you. Each of these options has its own objective and purpose.
- Web Applications are not a comparison with mobile websites using Responsive Web Design, rather mobile web application, that reside on a web server, need to be compared to the need for a mobile applications that resides on a mobile device.
- Web applications have many benefits including they can be updated at a moments notice without the need for the app store (Google or Apple) to approve changes.
HTML5, CSS3 and Web Apps
Web applications are built with standardized technologies with HTML5 and CSS3. HTML5 is the fifth revision of the HTML standard as of October 2012. CSS3 offers new features to enhance the visual appearance of a web app. CSS3 makes it easier for designs that will make the visitor experience meet the business objectives of the web app.
The idea behind HTML5 is that it’s not one large entity, but rather made up of smaller parts that work together to create something innovative and advanced. HTML5 simply builds upon the widespread success of HTML4. That means a coder doesn’t have to throw away the existing markup, but rather build upon and improve the old one.
with CSS3, the functionality and aesthetic appeal increases exponentially to add things like box shadows, text shadows, multiple web app backgrounds, and opacity levels to help with with visual user experience.
The combination of HTML5 and CSS3 create an ideal foundation for the development of web apps for any mobile device and maintain the programming without significant additional costs.
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