Today, in this world of smart devices, we have made APPS as an integral part of our living being. It doesn't matter if it is a mobile app or a web application or even an iPad app. And our dependence on these apps has now reached up to that extent where we are constantly connected to these applications in one way or another.
So, if these apps are playing such a prominent role then it's only fair to get a much closer look in this advanced technology sector. Two of the main app stores that are leading the market by consistently enhancing themselves in terms of performance and capabilities.
Let's start by breaking it down with the types of applications:
There are basically three major types of apps, which are Native applications, Hybrid applications, and Web applications.
The native app can be described as a software program that is specifically build to be used on a particular device or platform due to which a native application has the ability to use the software and hardware which is specific to a device.
You can even know the in-depth reasons what separates the Native from Hybrid ahead. Below are some of the key advantages and disadvantages of the Native Applications:
What makes this hybrid types of apps so interesting is the fact that they consist of both the advantages as well as the disadvantages of the native and web apps.
The web application one of the main types of apps which has a mandatory requirement of a device memory. These are basically the software apps that showcase similar behavior to the native apps.
Because all the user's data is saved on the server, the user can access their information via the internet. But in the case of a poor internet connection, the user experience is not so smooth and pleasant.
Here are some of the common factors, now let's see how all of these different types of apps perform when compared to one another:
Native - In native, the structure, content and other visual elements are stored in the device memory so it is basically ready for instant usage.
Hybrid - For a hybrid, the content is only saved in a wrapper which is used when data is loaded from the server.
Web - Here the performance is entirely linked with the state of the network connection and also on the web browser.
Native - For native, if the app is built for multiple platforms then the development cost is usually higher than the web and hybrids ones.
Hybrid - Usually, the cost is low for the hybrid but for development purpose, some high-end tools may be needed.
Web - The cost of development for web costs the lowest because it only requires a single code base.
Native - In native, the user is not allowed to use a common code for more than one platform.
Hybrid - In the case of the hybrid, the codebase and its tools can be easily ported to other major platforms.
Web - The only case here is the web browser and its performance.
Native - Native is a great choice for the ones that are to be developed for a single platform and that have a wide list of requirements.
Hybrid - Recommended for the ones that need to be distributed on multiple platforms and which are specially developed for performing well in app stores.
Web - The web is the best option for those who have limited funds for this purpose and do not want to be featured on the app stores.
Native - The native platform code basically has wide access to every device APIs.
Hybrid - There are low-level features like an accelerometer and many more which can be used by the hybrid ones.
Web - Only a limited number of APIs can be used by the web, for example, the geolocation feature.
So, these were the most popular types of apps hope you are keeping up with us because now it’s time to talk about the most popular categories of mobile apps.
Currently, there are 24 different categories of apps in Apple's App store and 33 categories of apps in the Google's Play store. But if we look at the recent report that has been released by Statistica, there are just seven categories of apps that made it above the 3%, which are:
The category of gaming applications is the most popular category with a whopping 24.43% share in the app stores. To be honest, it isn't exactly a big surprise because a majority of the audience is now into gaming more than ever this includes both and girls.
Many experts have even stated that the average time spent on gaming activities have doubled in the past year or two. The gaming evolution is not focused on any one type of genre, the user now has a variety of games to choose from racing to the cooking games. That's the main reason why people of all age are attracted towards the gaming types of apps nowadays.
Few examples are: Asphalt 8: Airborne and Circle Affinity are two of the best iPhone gaming apps.
These business applications are also known as the productivity applications that have become a necessity for today's generation because these productivity apps are the ones that can easily perform complex tasks effectively for the user.
Tasks like sending emails, buying a product from an online store, or even paying your important bills, all you need to do is name it and it will be done with the apps that fall in the business category.
Few examples are: Evernote and Expensify are the top mobile apps used by Millennial CEOs.
The educational applications fall in the third place as a popular category of apps this is because in the past five years the scope of online education has evolved a lot. The reason that the share of this category holds is just 8.82% is that many of these types of apps provide education up to some extent to its users but still they are not included in the respective app categories.
With these education apps, the possibilities for students are now endless as they can now get access to a vast knowledge by sitting in the comfort of their home. Another thing that is impressive about this category in that it also features educational apps for kids as well.
Few examples are: Disney Control Central and Pixie are the best education apps for kids.
To be honest, I was in an impression that the Lifestyle category will be ranking in the top three popular app categories and I am pretty sure many other people also think the same. As lifestyle is known to be the widest category in both of the app stores by covering almost every human interest and other activities.
The applications based on the personal lifestyle of the user like helping them in losing weight or assisting a user with a virtual fitting room are some concepts that are seen in this category.
Few examples are: SleepBot and GoalsonTrack are great mobile apps to monitor your lifestyle.
Now, comes the category which is the most interesting that is the category of entertainment applications. Activities like live streaming, online chatting, watching videos online, social media platforms, looking up for events are the ones that come under the entertainment category.
Basically, these types of apps were created for the sole purpose of providing entertainment to its users and for also earning revenue from it.
Few examples are: YouTube and Titans of Space are two of the best VR apps for entertainment.
The above mentioned are the top five app categories are at present the most popular app categories on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
That’s it for this article and if your thirst for gaining more information regarding the most popular mobile and web apps is still present then go ahead and check out our ‘News’ section. You will definitely love it ‘cause we cover each and every piece of interesting news on MobileAppDaily!
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