This includes hybrid mobile frameworks, and no-code conversion platforms like MobiLoud.
That means you need an additional tool or framework to bridge the gap. There are several options available to you:
Although it's one of the easier options, creating a webview app is not a completely straightforward process.
And even after all this, it won’t exactly be an app.
A web view displays a webpage, without any navigational improvements or visual improvements, making for a poor user experience. A basic wrapper like this also lacks native app features such as push notifications or analytics.
While you can – and should – implement all these functionalities with dedicated mobile app development, it's likely to be along and costly process, which kind of defeats the purpose of using webviews in the first place.
Read more on the benefits of using webviews vs native apps.
Instead of creating separate webviews for the Android app and iPhone app, another option is to create a hybrid solution that can work across multiple platforms.
After all the backend code is rewritten with Cordova plugins, all that is needed is to build a front-end native app to work with this codebase. Ionic is the best option for this, as it is cross-platform and is often used in conjunction with Cordova.
While this method works well and is faster than the previous option, it might be a bit expensive. You will need to hire developers (or use your in-house team) to create a hybrid app in Ionic and then prepare your web code with Cordova to fit into it.
Let's look at another possibility that allows you to develop for both iOS and Android simultaneously.
If the Cordova and Ionic process seems too clunky to you, React Native can be a good alternative for mobile app development.
The downside here is that you are essentially rebuilding from scratch. Your existing code is obsolete.
Unless you built your app in React (and to some extent, even then), your app needs to be rewritten, and recreated, to take advantage of React Native’s cross-platform functions and classes. Parts of your backend code can survive. But the UI needs to be rebuilt from scratch.
With this, you can build cross-platform native apps that work and look great on both platforms. But you'll need to go through a lengthy development process. You are practically creating a new app instead of converting your existing one, and the cost will reflect that.
You’d need to invest from low to high five figures, and manage a fiddly project that drags on for six to twelve months. You also would struggle to recreate the exact functionality of your web app through mobile apps - there will most likely be compromises and trade offs.
We developed MobiLoud over seven years, with over 1200 apps built so far. The platform lets you convert any website or web app into native-feeling iOS apps and Android apps.
All you need to do is sign up, configure a few settings to customize the apps, then our team takes care of everything else.
You’ll test the apps when they’re ready, and our team will also dedicate several hours to testing and making sure the app’s performance is optimal. After everyone is satisfied, we’ll prepare and submit your apps to Apple and Google for publishing.
You’ll be ready to launch in under two weeks, and you’ll invest less than a mobile developer's day rate to get there.
MobiLoud uses webviews to create hybrid, cross-platform mobile apps.
The difference is that MobiLoud apps are not just a webview. We add native navigation and a native tab menu, native animations, loading indicators and splash screens, and more to create a full, like-native app experience.
Our team handles all the development work involved in creating your apps, syncing your mobile apps with the web app, and tweaking the native mobile UI to look perfect.
There’s no need to touch any code, and no need to rebuild or recreate anything. As long as the core functionality of your app works on the web, the app will work the same way.
- Can be published on the App Stores and installed on users’ phones
- Allows you to send out push notifications on iOS and Android
- Has all the features added to create an engaging app experience
This gives you all the key benefits of native mobile apps with a fraction of the expense and hassle. The mobile apps sync 100% with your web app, so you only need to manage one code for three different platforms.
Anything you need to change on the apps specifically you can do through our simple dashboard, including sending push notifications to users.
It's more efficient, cheaper, faster, and yet provides 95% of what you'd get from a fully custom native app.
Save Time, Effort and Resources
You need skilled developers, and it will take time for these developers to complete the project. You're looking at a low-five figure cost, at least.
You'll also need to fork out a decent amount per year for new versions, new features, updates and routine maintenance. This could potentially add up to tens of thousands per year.
In comparison, MobiLoud gives you apps that work just as well, at less than 10% of the cost and ready in just a few weeks. That's because there's much less to rebuild - just the basic native app wrapper that will allow your app to function on mobile devices.
We also handle updates and maintenance, which takes away the huge ongoing cost of keeping your apps functional and bug-free.
Any changes you make to the web app reflect in your mobile apps in real time.
Take the savings in time, money and energy and reinvest them into your core product for the web - the apps will take care of themselves!
MobiLoud is far better in this case, as it literally converts what already works from your web app.
All your web app’s features, functionality and content will work exactly the same in the apps. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Just take your winning formula from the web - it will work great on mobile, and you'll be able to get your app in the app stores with a minimum of fuss.
Push Notifications for iOS and Android
With a 4x higher open rate compared to email and unrestricted reach unlike through social media, push notifications are the most effective engagement channel. Over time, your app audience will start to reflect your most loyal and engaged fans. Push gives you a direct line to these most valuable users.
MobiLoud apps integrate with OneSignal, so you can send unlimited notifications - automatically or manually - whenever you see fit.
The app provides a whole control panel for your users to manage their preferences for push notifications, so they can easily choose what they’ll be notified for. All you need to do is attach a tag to match what’s available in their options.
The native “Alerts” screen also allows users to review all the notifications they’ve received. You can configure this to load a built-in list of notifications or to load an internal notifications screen in your web app.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to engage and re-engage users with timely notifications and drive traffic.
Packed with All The Features You Need
Native animations, splash screen, loading spinners, native tab menus, internal or external screens, everything can be controlled from MobiLoud’s simple configuration dashboard.
If you are looking for something specific we can almost definitely help. We’ve built thousands of apps and have seen almost every edge case possible. Chances are we have a solution for the issue or request you have in mind.
We Are with You Every Step of the Way
The partnership starts with a consultation call in which we go over your vision for the apps and answer all your questions. After you’ve used MobiLoud to create the apps we test them thoroughly and take it from there.
Getting accepted on the App Stores, especially by Apple, can be tricky. If you used any of the previously discussed methods you could find yourself struggling to get approval and needing to go back to development for painful rewrites.
We know the app store approval process inside and out. We can 100% guarantee approval after taking care of testing, compiling and submitting your mobile apps.
When the apps are launched it is cause for celebration, but our support doesn’t end there.
Our team will also handle all ongoing technical maintenance and new version updates for your apps. We are your mobile partners, handle anything that crops up fast and effectively, and are never more than a phone call or email away.
You won’t have to worry about security issues, new iOS versions or phones coming on the market, we’ll take care of all of that for you and update your mobile apps as needed.
Remember that these are your own apps, you’ll be listed as the developer on the stores and every account used will be your own - you just invite us as your developer. So don’t worry about being able to replace the apps or being stuck with a provider - you’re in control and can switch away any time.
If you want your mobile apps to do the same thing on the web and mobile, this is the way to do it.
You can check out some stories from our customers to see how others before you managed to grow their business with MobiLoud.
When you're ready to take your brand to the App Stores, just book a quick call with one of our app experts. They’ll take you through the entire process and tell you everything you need to know to get high quality apps up and running in record time!