Cloud is certainly the most ‘in’ technology of present times. Most of the companies have their business operations running on cloud. Storing and manipulating data locally has become an old school practice. The recent advancement in this is, operating mobile applications from cloud. Although this seems to be a strange trend to a layman but, it is a fresh and efficient technological advancement of the application hosting industry. There are several reasons due to which app developers are opting for this ultimate technology.
The 7 reasons listed below shows that taking mobile applications into the cloud seems to be an absolute logical option:
1. Processing Speed Saved
The processing speed on the mobile phones is nowhere near to the one available in a laptop. So, wherever possible this capacity should be saved. When the App is run from the cloud, the precious processing capacity of the mobile phone is saved. It enables the user to utilize that processing speed in some other critical tasks.
2. Easier Installation
When the app is installed from the cloud, its installation is done automatically by the system. The user doesn’t require striving hard in its installation. This is a great feature for users who are not very tech savvy.
3. Consumer’s Benefit
When the apps are on the cloud, the consumer has more choice, as the apps are not made model specific. In this way user can use that app which is suitable for his need and if not, can delete it. Moreover, the only thing required for a mobile app is an internet connection and not much of hardware but in the native app hardware plays a vital role.
The storage on the mobile handset is limited. Saving of data on the cloud is a better option for the consumer. This storage can be increased according to the need; hence the mobile phone memory is not used up other than the app storage which is nominal.
Security is a big issue in handheld devices. They easily get lost or stolen. In any of the scenario, the critical data of the user, stored on the native app, also gets lost. But in the mobile cloud app the storage is on the cloud. So, even if the handset gets lost, data is secured and can be easily retrieved.
6. Cross Platform Compatibility
With the mobile cloud apps the developers can build an app, which is compatible with every system out there in the market, this increase, their reachability and the profit. Moreover, the need of rolling out separate apps for separate platforms is not there.
7. Easy Data Integration
Mobile apps generally access database. The integration of the apps is required. In such a scenario mobile cloud apps are the best option. This is because the integration is easy as the app is running on the same cloud as the system. But in native app it is written in some other code, making the integration highly complex.
We saw that it is much more advisable to run the app on the cloud rather than make it a native mobile app. However, with the growing number of organizations offering Cloud hosting services at affordable costs, it has become much more convenient to avail them. Thus, the question that “Will the mobile app sector overcome native one?” still remains to be seen through a high expectation.