Applications(generally known as software) are specialized software that runs on a specific operating system. They differ from websites because they can be installed directly on to the device itself. This usually means that they are faster and they can be used without an internet connection.
Applications can perform a wide variety of functions on any device. They can be used all the way from personal computers to smartphones.
An application’s advantages for a business are usually very significant because they interact directly with the business and can even fundamentally change how it works. For example, with Smartphone Applications, this means that they can constantly interact with a customer and foster trust with your brand because they can access it from their smartphone easily. This makes it harder for them to forget your services whenever they need them in the future.
This means that the advantages of an application can differ completely based on its intended purpose. As such, our development team will always make all the necessary research to ensure that the application perfectly fits the intended purpose and that it is as effective as possible.
Applications are often used for specific devices for example:
Smartphone Applications: Smartphone applications are quite powerful because every person has a smartphone nowadays. This makes it possible to constantly interact with your customers to foster trust with your brand, once they have your application installed. Smartphone applications are the future of business interaction, they have become essential tools for life.
Desktop Applications: Desktops are the most powerful devices so it makes sense that applications take advantage of their powerful hardware. This includes software such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc.
Progressive Web Applications: Essentially an application which can be used on any device, regardless of the platform, as long as the device has access to the internet. Usually, an application can only be installed on a specific Operating system e.g. Android, IOS, Windows e.t.c. Progressive Web Applications are the next generation of applications which run from the cloud meaning that it no longer has to be downloaded to be used on any operating system. This saves development and maintenance costs because the application no longer has to be developed separately for each operating systems.
Most people who think they need an application, could be better served by instead opting for an advanced website, known as a Progressive Web Application(PWA). PWA’s are replacing applications due to the fact that, like websites, they are cheaper to develop, maintain and can run on any device that has access to an internet connection, even a smartwatch. Industry leaders such as Microsoft and Google have started implementing PWA’s in their own ecosystems as many believe they are the future of the internet. We at C-mple Solutions are experienced at developing Progressive Web Applications and, as you may have noticed, our website itself is a progressive web application, you can download it to your home-screen using the prompt that shows up when you first visit this website. Please check out our blog post where we go into detail and explain the advantages and disadvantages of Progressive Web Applications.
Now that you know the basics of the types of applications, you can be better informed when making a decision. If you need to know more information about what type of application would work best for your business. Please book a free consultation with us below