Mobile Technology Innovations for Nonprofits

August 26, 2019 12:00 AM
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Technology has been instrumental in solving some of the most pressing global problems. The easiest, most relatable example of the speed at which technology innovations happen around us are, mobile devices.

Since its advent and traction around late 1990s, mobile devices have completely transformed the lives of billions worldover paving way for faster, more efficient communication and involvement. The usage of mobile apps to be used within these devices have aided the discovery of an array of solutions for personal, business, and social problems. Challenges like, access to computer power, remote access to health, education, and governance, the collection of data for research, disaster management, safety, SOS and emergency aid, etc can all be easily handled today, through mobile app solutions.

However there are certain disadvantages in native apps, forcing many to switch to the space of Progressive Web Apps(PWAs). Some of these disadvantages are:

  • Native apps are inaccessible in remote areas due to network inconsistency.
  • Cost of developing, maintaining, and updating native apps are exorbitant.
  • Loading time of native apps are still a common issue and not responsive to low-budget devices.
  • Native apps also require frequent updates.

PWAs which are also known as hybrid apps, are becoming more popular these days and are seen to be taking over the native apps by challenging all the disadvantages of native apps, creating what can be called a new wave in the mobile app revolution. 

Following are some significant advantages of Hybrid apps:

Budget: Compared to the development of native app, budget spent on PWAs are very low. If one does not have enough funding for developing and maintaining a separate app, then PWA could be an ideal choice. The costs of developing, maintaining, and updating one such  app comes within the costs of the website.

Effective on low internet accessibility: For native apps, from downloading to using, requires access to a consistent network. Coming to PWAs, it works even without an internet connection using the service workers. It does not mandatorily require a network connection.

Flexibility: Hybrid apps are flexible and compatible with any type of mobile operating systems. Either you use Android or iOS, PWA works everywhere and is not specific to any particular mobile operating system.

Cost of time: Development required for native apps is time intensive in setting up separate codes for iOS or Android. On the other hand, hybrid apps take less time since it is developed in parallel to the website development.

Frequent update: For native apps, frequent updates are required whenever a new feature is introduced. There are no such issues with hybrid apps, service workers take care of everything.

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