Future of Mobile: Native Apps vs. Mobile Web vs. Hybrid Apps

Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four)
Mobile
Location: 2001
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(4.18, 11 ratings)

2008 was the year of the iPhone App Store. With over 10,000 applications and 300 million downloads, the App Store has been a resounding success that has prompted other phones manufacturers to develop their own App Store plans.

Developers and businesses alike took notice of the early success and sales of iPhone apps and now the rush is on to build native iPhone applications.

Now businesses say they need an iPhone application before they know what the business case for the application will be.

But are native applications really the future of mobile? What happened to the promise of the Mobile Web? And what about hybrid applications (a.k.a., Rich Mobile Applications)?

When does it make sense to build each type of application? What are the limitations of each? And where is each technology headed?

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Jason Grigsby

Cloud Four

Jason Grigsby was one of the project leads on the Obama iPhone Application and helped design the user inferface for the Wall Street Journal’s Blackberry application. He founded and organizes Mobile Portland, a local mobile group.

Jason is a co-founder of Cloud Four, a small start-up focused on mobile and web development. He blogs at CloudFour.com and provides a frequent updates about mobile on Twitter.

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