The number of mobile applications is constantly growing, which is associated with a few important factors. First of all, mobile devices can be carried anywhere since they are light and handy. We can use them in a variety of situations, for instance on a bus or while waiting for the doctor or when we’re stuck in a traffic jam.
It is easier to use mobile applications when we are “on the go” and it is a great solution, because we are able to check what we need at any moment, which allows us to save plenty of time during the day.
That is why the companies are creating not only web software but also mobile applications for the customers to be able to use their products on every possible device. But if this is the case, can we say that mobile applications are enough and we don’t need web interfaces anymore?
The answer is no. We cannot and should not get rid of web interfaces so fast because they are still indispensable. Primarily, because computers provide us with better and unique experiences. Computer screens are larger than those in smartphones and tablets, so we can have a better view and enjoy it more. For instance, when playing games with people from around the world, we have to constantly communicate and in order to do that we need headphones and speakers. It would be more difficult if we do that using a smaller device, and certainly less fun.
What’s more, not all functionalities may be copied to mobile applications, because if the app would be too extensive, the user would not be able to freely and quickly view its contents, so only when utilising the web interface we can be sure we are getting the maximum benefit of everything the software has to offer.
That is why companies should think over the nature of their web service, and decide whether the mobile application is really necessary, because for some companies the web software is enough, and there is no need to increase the costs and lose money on the development and the promotion of a mobile application. This is confirmed by Mike Jackowski from the Polish software house – “We still see great interest in web solutions. Our clients are looking for developers whose can created software, mainly for web browser environment.”
Another reason why we should not resign from web software is the fact that it is still cheaper than mobile applications. After the development, it perfectly functions on various computers.In additions, it is easier to develop web software, and we do not have to make changes due to the fact that the mobile devices utilised by users have different versions, and when creating the mobile applications, the developers have to take into account their limitations, as well as small dimensions of these devices.