Give yourself a break and think, when did you login your online account from your desktop last time? A week or probably a month ago? Here’s something for you…
Yesterday evening, I was trying to upload my recent travel pictures on my Instagram account from my smartphone. But something went wrong with my device. No issues, I would upload them from my desktop. Typing www.instagram.com and then hitting the enter button, the response I got was a beautifully designed login page, also humbly requesting me to download Instagram’s mobile app.
It then clicked my mind that to which epoch of Internet are we heading towards? Do popular websites of today have any future tomorrow or will they be found in some corners of computer history along with other obsolete stuff like typewriters?
Let’s find it out…
(Source: The wall street Journal)
Numbers in support
It is a matter of fact that mobile apps industry has witnessed tremendous growth from its very advent, i.e. during the end of first decade of 21st century. Some of the influential personas of IT industry consider mobile apps as future of Internet. Well, there are statistical evidences to support their argument.
Currently, there are 3.731 billion active users of Internet across our blue planet.
A huge share of mobile users is sufficient enough to understand the entire story. There are also signs from industry giants about the era we are approaching. For instance, Facebook recently announced that it is planning to add more features to its mobile app.
About 56.5% of all active Facebook users login only from their mobile devices. Financially, major revenue i.e. 81% of Facebook’s revenue is generated from Facebook mobile ads.
Therefore, mobile apps are not only popular but are also generating money. Last year, internet traffic from mobile devices crossed traffic from desktop devices for the first time in history. So, the question arises once again, will websites be outrun by mobile apps?
Though mobile devices are getting better with every passing day, their computation power is still a notch less than desktops and laptops. By computational power, I mean the memory storage and processing speed of the device. Less computational power of mobile implies less storage capability. This creates a bottleneck to app’s performance or device’s performance as a whole.
An average Facebook mobile app user roughly spends 30 minutes daily on Facebook app. Still, I personally feel that though mobile apps are gaining popularity but they won’t be able to outrun websites completely.
On the contrary, websites are more prone to cyber attacks as web user is not sure if website is secure or not, whereas the code for mobile apps goes through a rigorous checking at app store before app is available to the user.
Hence, in terms of cyber security, mobile app downloaded from a trusted app store is more secure than a website.
Mobile being handy, portable and easy to access are the first choice of every Homosapien out there, but yes, websites do have their own importance.
Conclusion: Hybrid Web Apps are the future!
Smartphone users are touching the mark of 2.32 billion users which is about 62% of all users of the Internet.
Due to this continuous rivalry between mobile apps and websites, a new class of apps is born i.e. Hybrid Web Apps. These apps as of now have the ability to be the future of Internet.
These apps have combined the good traits of mobile apps and websites together. They use a three layered model instead of client server model so neither they consume much bandwidth like websites nor they consume much disk space like native mobile apps. So, there still lies a doubt on whether mobile apps will outrun websites but yes, Hybrid web apps will surely outrun them at some point of time in near future.