Axistasoft, Singapore Custom Software Development, Web Design & Development, and Consulting Company

We Are Mobile Specialists

Each day, the number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site grows. Responsive design represents a fundamental shift in how we build websites.

In short, a million screens have bloomed, and we need to build for all of them.

Responsive Design

Responsive design is the content delivery technique that responds to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation.

The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. As the user switches from their laptop to tablet or smartphone, the website will automatically span to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities.This would save cost and eliminate the need for a different design and development phase for each new gadget on the market.

We set responsive design as a standard in all our web design projects because we think responsive website should not be an afterthought

Native Apps

A native app is a mobile application that is coded in a specific programming language, such as Objective C for iOS and Java for Android operating systems. Native apps live on the device and are accessed through icons on the device home screen. Native apps are installed through an application store (such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store).

Native apps provide fast performance, a high degree of reliability, and able to work in offline mode. They also have access to a device's various hardware resources and functionalities like camera, GPS, contact, and notification system. Native apps offer better censorship and security because they need to go through approval process.

Web Apps

Web apps are not real apps. They are merely websites that look and feel like native apps. They run on browser and typically written in HTML & CSS. You normally access them as you would access any web page and then have the option of "installing" them on your home screen by creating a bookmark to that page.

Web apps became really popular after HTML5 and CSS3 were introduced and you can get that near native-like–functionality in the browser.

Hybrid Apps

Hybrid apps are part native apps, part web apps.  Like native apps, they live in an app store and can take advantage of the many device features available. Like mobile web apps, they rely on HTML being rendered in a browser, with the caveat that the browser is embedded within the app.

We usually build hybrid apps as wrappers for an existing web page or web apps so that you can get a presence in the app store without spending more for developing a different app. Hybrid apps are cross-platform. The same HTML code can be reused on different mobile operating systems, thus further reducing the development costs.

To summarize, responsive design, native apps, hybrid apps, or web apps are different development techniques to cater to the needs of the mobile users. There is no quick solution to a difficult problem. Each of them has their pros and cons. The choice of one versus the other depends on your unique project requirements.