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06/202012

Hybrid iPhone and Android webapps for Shanghai-based Novomania


QPSoftware built a mobile app for both iPhone and Android devices for Novomania's 2012 Fashion Tradeshow. Two standard options for apps are developing native mobile apps or developing a mobile website. But what if you want the affordability of a webapp with the convenience of a native app?

To a certain extent, both can store data offline and both can use features like geo-location on the user's phone, though native apps do this much more seamlessly.

Native mobile apps are faster than webapps. However they are also much more expensive to realize since native apps must be developed in the native language for each platform (ObjectiveC for Apple devices, Java for Android devices). Beyond the programming cost, native apps also incur additional costs, such as the Apple Developer's account fee for publishing to the app store.

However, the advantage of native apps is that native apps are more accessible to the average consumer (bookmarking a webapp to the home screen on an iPhone isn't always a commonly known option). In addition, having the app published into the existing stores provides more exposure for the app and marketing advantages.

Novomania wanted the affordability of a webapp with the convenience of a native app, so QPSoftware used a hybrid approach to developing the Novomania 2012 app via the PhoneGap development framework.

This allowed QPSoftware to do what we do best: websites. Then we used PhoneGap to wrap our HTML/CSS and jQuery Mobile into formats recognized by multiple platforms. For the Novomania webapp, we used PhoneGap to deploy our app to the iOS and Android platforms. Under tight deadlines, and through conquering various setbacks, we successfully published the Novomania app in time for their 2012 Fashion Tradeshow.

Read more about our multilingual webapp here.



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