What is a native app?

The term ‘app’ generally describes software for mobile devices. When we refer to native apps, we are now talking about software for mobile devices developed in the dedicated language specific to the platform of the targeted device. In other words, if we were to create an app for an Apple (iOS) device, we would develop it with Swift, the native programming language designed for iOS devices.

Swift was designed and developed by Apple Inc. The programming language is utilised for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and Linux. As Swift is intended for Apple devices, it is compatible with Apple’s Cocoa, Cocoa Touch frameworks and Objective-C code written for Apple products. Depending on your business needs, building your app with Swift will ease the process of getting your app to the Apple App Store.

On the other hand, for those who have Android devices, the native language for Android app development is Java (not to be mistaken with the JavaScript you might have seen on your computer, which is a completely separate entity designed for web based applications!). Java was developed by Sun Microsystems and introduced to the public in 1965. It has since become the most popular programming language for many diverse types of institutions. Java is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible, meaning app developers can compile Java code once and it will run on all Java supported platforms without any other adjustments. Similarly to Swift for Apple, as Java is the base programming language for Google Android’s API, apps developed in this language will get to Google Play Store much quicker.

So as you can see, if you want to have an app developed for both iOS and Android devices, it would have to be built twice in two native languages specific to each device. Beyond these, there are approximately 70,000 programming languages out there. This can make it confusing and difficult to choose which one is best suited to your project. Our amazing development and programming teams at The Innovation Agency are fluent in multiple languages. We also have various tools at our disposal to convert our creations from different languages to Android and iOS compliant apps.

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