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How does an HTML5 web app differ from a native app?

THE BASICS

A web app is "any application software that runs in a web browser and is created in a browser-supported programming language (such as the combination of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS)." EventMobi apps can be added to your device's home screen and are built with HTML5 technology, allowing them to function without an internet connection as well.

Native apps are built and designed to run on particular devices. As a result, native apps typically need to be readapted for different devices. A native app created for an iPhone cannot be used on an Android smartphone, for example. However, since a native app is built specifically for that device, it can interact with the device's features in ways that are unavailable to web apps, like the use of push notifications.
 

ACCESSIBILITY

Native apps need to be downloaded from an app store (each device has its own app store: Apple App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, Windows Phone Store, etc.). Because web apps can be accessed on any internet browser and do not have to be downloaded from an app store, you can access and update them without having to contend with any device-specific hardware or particular app store's requirements: the same web app can be accessed easily and universally on any smart device -- smartphones, tablets, laptops, or desktops.

EventMobi apps, however, can be accessed from any browser on any device, like a web app, and you can put them in the four major app stores: Apple App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Phone Store.
 

OFFLINE ACCESS

Native apps are designed to be accessible offline, and HTML5 allows users to access web apps without access to the internet or their phone's network as well. Both native apps and HTML5 web apps still require internet for the initial download. Since this is no longer a distinguishing factor, the most important thing to note about offline accessibility is that, since web apps are accessed via a unique URL, you should add them to your device's home screen for easy access later, and this is done through the browser.
 

HOW HTML5 WORKS

When an HTML5 web app is first accessed, its data is stored within the device's browser (i.e. within the browsing cache). The app then draws the app’s content from the cached data rather than over the internet and can therefore be used offline.

To learn more about HTML5, check out our blog.

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