Should You Develop an App or Mobile Website?

Before opening XCode or hiring a developer to build an iPhone/Android app, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself:

  1. Will my product require use of the camera, microphone or other device-specific hardware?
  2. Will it access the address book, media library or common user data?
  3. Will I charge for my product, using an app store as the payment processor?
  4. Will I send push notifications or need background processes?

If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes,’ then an iPhone/Android app may be right for you. If the answer is ‘no,’ you may want to consider building an HTML5 mobile website instead.

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Posted on April 30, 2010 at 10:21 am.