What types of apps does LRIS Mobile Apps offer?

LRIS offers two app plans, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and native apps.

What is a Native App?

Native apps are the ones you download from the Apple App Store of Google Play Store. They are built to work on one operating system.

What is a Progressive Web App?

A Progressive Web App delivers an app-like experience through the user's web browser. PWAs work on any operating system or device, including cell phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Users first access the PWA through a normal web link and add a shortcut to their mobile device homescreen. When opened with this shortcut, users won't even know they're working within a website.

How do they compare?

Advantages of a PWA

  • Works on any device – Your members don't have to worry about downloading the right version of your app.
  • Rapid deployment – Your app can be on members' devices immediately after it's built.
  • Cost of entry – Lower setup and subscription fees.
  • No app store bureaucracy – You have full control over the design and content of your app.

Advantages of a native app

  • Performance – Native apps are faster, although your users probably won't notice a difference.
  • Geo-Fencing – A virtual geographic boundary that enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area.
  • Apple – Apple hasn't fully supported PWA technology and some features are aren't available on iPhones or iPads.

Which one should you choose?

Ultimately, the choice is yours, but here are some things to consider:

  • Budget Native apps cost more upfront and over time.
  • Hassle Native apps require separate Google and Apple developer accounts. There is a one-time $25 for Google and an annual $99 fee for Apple. Apple also requires your app meet certain standards in order to be accepted into their store.
  • Push notifications vs. Text Messages Native apps can send push notifications to Apple or Android devices. PWAs can send push notifications to Android devices and Windows computers. Our PWA plans do include the ability to send SMS text messages as an alternative.

You have the option of signing up for a PWA account and changing it to a native app account later. Native app accounts include the PWA.