There is lots of discussion over the best way to build an app. The consensus is generally that native apps are best: they run in the phone’s native language, which means that they are faster, look better, and are capable of doing more.
Pretty simple, right? Not exactly. What is frusterating about this discussion is that there are many proponents of building HTML5 apps, which are cross-platform but not native. HTML5 apps are OK for some things, but to call then native is purely misinformation.
2. A native app is an app written in the phone’s primary (native) language, as opposed to a cross-platform language like HTML5. Under this definition an HTML5 app is not native. This is the real definition of native, because otherwise the term has almost no meaning at all.
- Overall better performance and speeds.
- Deal with screen size fragmentation better.
- Access to phone’s hardware such as GPS, camera, and so on.
- Generally look and feel better.
Without the term “native,” there is no way to distinguish between HTML5 apps and apps that have these qualities. Calling an HTML5 app native does nothing but confuse people and prevent them from getting what they need.
Lots of the people confusing the definition are people who work in the HTML5 app building industry. It is important they they honestly discuss what they are offering, because while there are certainly good applications for HTML5, it isn’t a truly native solution.
Everything that makes Rheti important for the app industry stems from the fact that it makes actually native apps. This includes the ability to visually build your own components with scripting, the fully customizable UI, the ability to add native components (such as augmented reality), backend integration, and the fact that Rheti makes better-looking, faster apps.
Rheti is doing for Android what will eventually be done for all platforms: providing a way to build native build apps for free, with no strings attached.
Founded in 2012, Rheti’s Android application is proving that any person can build a great mobile application. Rheti requires no previous programming knowledge and leverages a catalog of hundreds of features, third party APIs, and pre-built app templates to create native Android apps using touch commands. Customers who build apps using Rheti get to market 90% faster and can quickly customize their apps to make them unique in both functionality and design. Users interested in learning how to program are also able to use Rheti’s blockly interface to understand the methodologies behind scripting. Rheti is available for free in the Google Play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rheti.appcreator.
Please visit http://www.rheti.com for more information.