There is a common confusion that the mobile apps and the web pages are same thing but actually they both are very different.
They are not only different for users but those also developed and deployed differently, so it is very important to not to get the both so confused.
It can be useful to distinguish between web apps and web sites. Simply put, web app is a website that designed fluidly, responding to being view on the smart phone. There are many different types of websites out there, some of them are static and rarely updated, while others are responsive and have a great deal of interactivity. Web-apps, specifically, function like downloadable apps.
But actually What is the difference between the mobile app and a web page?
Mobile Apps vs Web Page
mobile apps are built for a specific platform such as iOS for the apple Iphone or android for companies like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo or for Microsoft phones they are downloaded and installed via an application store and has access to system resources, such as camera function and GPS. Mobile apps run on the device itself. Instagram, Google maps, Snapchat and Facebook messenger are some examples of the popular mobile apps.
On other hand, Web-apps or web-pages are accessed with the help of internet browser and adapt to which ever device you use to viewing them on. They are not native to a particular system, and don’t need to be downloaded or installed. Due to their responsive nature, they do indeed look and function a lot like mobile apps- and this is the point where the confusion arrives.
Let’s consider the Facebook app vs the Facebook.com. If you install the Facebook app on you phone and on other hand you access the Facebook website on the internet browser you will notice that
the web app has been made to look like a native mobile app and and you found some different in the app and a website when you compare site with the browser.
While their designs are similar and follow the same fonts and color scheme; these are essentially two different products.
Web apps need an active internet connection to run, whereas mobile apps can work offline. Mobile apps have advantage of being faster and more efficient. But they do require the user regularly download updates and web apps will updates itself.
All mobile apps and web-pages are designed differently.
mobile apps are more expensive than websites to be developed, they are platform specific, launching an app across different platforms means starting from scratch in terms of design and development. However, they are much much faster and tend to be more advanced in terms of features and functionality.
Native mobile apps are built using specific language and Integrated Development Environments(IDE).
depending on the intended platform, Apple devices run on the iOS native operating system, so Apple apps are built using objective c or swift, and the X-code IDE. Native Apps for android are written in java and are commonly built using the android studio or Eclipse IDE.
Apple and Google also provide their own development tools, interface elements and software development kits (SDK) which developers can use to build native mobile apps.
How are web sites build?