More people access the web via mobile devices than from personal computers. As the number of devices expands dramatically, users are becoming accustomed to having both web and computing access via small, mobile devices and phones. This has resulted in a significant increase in demand for IT companies with experience using multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. At the same time, the growth in popularity of cloud computing has increased the ability for these devices to perform functions that previously required computation power unavailable on mobile devices.
The Dirigible team’s diverse skillset allows us to expertly tailor our services to match your exact needs. From full-service engagements according to the client’s requirement, we help our clients launch the best apps & websites possible. We create beautiful and engaging designs, matched only by the intuitive and innovative user interfaces that those designs are based on our expert development and finishing cap it all off.
Dirigible is specialized to build native apps, web apps, or even hybrid apps.
Native apps live on the device and are accessed through icons on the device's home screen. Native apps are installed through an application store (such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store). They are developed specifically for one platform, and can take full advantage of all the device features — they can use the camera, the GPS, the accelerometer, the compass, the list of contacts, and so on. They can also incorporate gestures (either standard operating-system gestures or new, app-defined gestures). And native apps can use the device’s notification system and can work offline.
Web apps are not real applications; they are really websites that, in many ways, look and feels like native applications. They are run by a browser and typically written in HTML5. Users first access them as they would access any web page: they navigate to a special URL and then have the option of “installing” them on their home screen by creating a bookmark to that page.
Hybrid apps are part of native apps, part web apps. Like native apps, they live in an app store and can take advantage of the many device features available. Like web apps, they rely on HTML being rendered in a browser, with the caveat that the browser is embedded within the app.
Often, companies build hybrid apps as wrappers for an existing web page; in that way, they hope to get a presence in the app store, without spending significant effort for developing a different app. Hybrid apps are also popular because they allow cross-platform development and thus significantly reduce development costs: that is, the same HTML code components can be reused on different mobile operating systems. Tools such as PhoneGap and Sencha Touch allow people to design and code across platforms, using the power of HTML.
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