Developing a mobile app requires elaborate planning and several processes to come together. It all starts with an app idea, then goes on to planning, app design, app development, testing and finally, deployment of the app to the intended mobile device or devices. However, there is one thing you need to decide even before going through the above-mentioned stages of app development. You will have to decide the exact way in which you want to create and deploy your app. You have two options to choose from — you can develop either a Native App or a Web App. A Native App is developed targeting one particular mobile device and is installed directly onto the device itself. Users of native apps usually download them via app stores online or via app marketplaces, such as the Apple App Store, the Google Play store and so on. An example of a native app is nFlate's SiBi app. Web Apps are basically Internet-enabled apps that are accessible via the mobile device’s web browser. They do not need to be downloaded onto the user’s mobile device in order to be accessed. Google Sheets is a good example of a Web App.
Native apps are best when you are looking for a few key capabilities: easy availability to and discovery by a large, possibly international audience, performance and security. Apple and Google, two of the largest companies in the world, have the resources to continuously grow the developer codebase and maintain and buildout the international distribution system. The app stores are discovery battlegrounds, with dead soldiers left in ruin on a daily basis, but they also offer an unparalleled opportunity to obtain a massive audience of users. There are also numerous ecosystem partners in the app stores that provide unique pay-to-play solutions to enhance discovery.
nFlate has built iOS and Android apps that are extremely complex. These apps include big backend server systems that deliver content to and from the apps thousands of times per minute worldwide. We built in social authentication, analytics, real-time database access, internationalization, dynamic image scaling to enhance performance and big data backends that we query continuously to deliver content to the apps. We’ve also built complementary ecommerce backends that allow us to complete secure multi-merchant, multi-product, multi-payment gateway, single cart checkouts. And our flagship reference app, SiBi – See It Buy It uses AI to deliver visual search and image matching to complement our color, text and voice search engines.
A Web application is an application program that is stored on a remote server and delivered over the Internet through a browser interface.Within the mobile computing sector, Web Apps are sometimes contrasted with Native Apps, which, as described above, are applications that are developed specifically for a particular platform or device and installed on that device usually via an App Store interface. However, the two are not mutually exclusive because many applications contain elements of both native and web apps (See React Native Apps below). Programs that combine the two approaches are sometimes referred to as hybrid applications.
One of the web applications nFlate built is the merchant onboarding application that is available in the Shopify App Store. This application allows merchants to apply to be a part of the SiBi marketplace and gives us access to their product informtion that we include in the market. We've also built web appications for analytics and merchant monitoring and for making product recommendations.
React Native Apps
React Native lets us build your app faster. Instead of recompiling, we can reload your app instantly. With hot reloading, we can even run new code while retaining your application state. The Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook apps all use React Native. React Native also combines smoothly with components written in Objective-C, Java, or Swift. It's simple to drop down to native code if we need to optimize a few aspects of your application. It's also easy for us to build part of your app in React Native, and part of your app using native code directly - that's how the Facebook app works.
The Shopify App Store is a collection of free and premium plugins that extend the functionality a Shopofy merchant's online stores. It is a great way to add new functionality to an ecommerce site. Shopify App Store partners can earn hundreds to thousands of dollars per month for apps and plug-ins built for the Shopify platform. SiBi - See It Buy It, nFlate's fashion marketplace, has an onboarding app for merchant in the Shopify App Store. nFlate has thousands of merchants that have applied to be part of the SiBi marketplace by finding the SiBi onboarding app in the Shopify App Store. Here's some examples of the categories available to partners in the Shopify App Store: