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Types of Mobile Applications and Their Categories

Mobile Applications

Introduction: Many people feel uncomfortable without smartphones. Because a smartphone is a multifunctional device that not only communicates but also helps to gain knowledge and have fun by playing games. This made possible to build more mobile applications.

Mobile application and its history:

A mobile application is a software program designed to run on mobile devices. If we go back to the history of mobile applications, then we find out that they were few arcade games, calculators, calendars. However, the game called “Snake” which is a pre-installed the application, was introduced by Nokia on its earliest Nokia 6110 phone. But in 2007 the most recognizable mobile apps appeared with the launch of the first iPhone. Now we can access our phones through touch screens. Mobile applications that are not pre installed are usually available in different platforms call “App Stores”.




The following are the major platforms for installing mobile applications:

  • Google Play for Android devices
  • Apple’s App store for iPhones and iPads
  • BlackBerry World store for Blackberry phones
  • Microsoft store for Windows Phone devices

Types of Mobile applications and their categories:

There are thousands of apps available to get breaking news, to chat with friends, to book a ticket or to watch a movie. Well, there are multiple ways to build applications for mobile devices. Mainly there are 3 types of mobile applications. A web app, Native app, Hybrid app.




Native Apps:

Native apps are developed for a specific operating system. A native app developed for Android won’t work on iOS devices. The applications are coded in specific programming languages such as

  • iOS applications are coded in Objective-C
  • Android applications are coded in Java
  • Windows phone applications are coded in.NET.

The advantage of the Native app is high performance and excellent user experience. Also, native apps are distinctly accessible from app stores to reach users. The main disadvantage of the native app is to develop and maintain separate software. A good example of a native app would be Ingress, Pokemon go.

Hybrid apps:

A hybrid app is like a native app, run on the device and written in multi-platform web technologies like HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. These apps are developed by a third party tool like PhoneGap, Titanium. These apps are popular because they allow cross-platform development. Hybrid apps are fast and easy to develop. Example of Hybrid app Yelp, Untapped etc.

Mobile Web apps:

Web apps generally use web browsers to run and are generally written in HTML5, CSS or JavaScript. These apps run within a web browser on a mobile device. We can view a mobile web app on different platforms like Android, iOS, and PC. For Example, Financial times web app.




Categories of Mobile Apps

Many people use mobile applications to communicate, play games, and educate themselves. There are 30+ categories of apps in Google Play store and 20+ categories in Apple’s App Store. Some of the categories and examples include:

  • Gaming apps: Example: Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run
  • Business Apps: Adobe Acrobat reader, Indeed
  • Educational apps: Textbook, Learn English
  • Entertainment apps: Netflix, Amazon prime video and many more!!!!

There are many numbers of app categories and types of apps. But I just explained on most general categories mentioned above. There are a number of sport, health and fitness apps.

Conclusion: I hope now you got a clear idea of Mobile applications. If you want to develop a mobile app, we at Adhishta develop mobile apps that solve business challenges.

Post Author Name: Ashish

Author Email: mahesh@adhishta.com

Post Author URL: http://adhishta.com/mobile.html

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