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Native Apps vs. Mobile Web vs. Hybrid Apps: Mobile Development Choices

Mobile
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Awesome. You’ve got your location-aware iPhone app development plans ready to go. You’re ready to start building your killer app when someone asks, “Hey, will it work on Droid?”

Maybe you should look at web technology, but there are disadvantages there as well? What makes the most sense depends on what you are trying to accomplish and what device characteristics you need.

In this session we’ll look at mobile web, native apps, and hybrid applications (a.k.a., Rich Mobile Applications).

When does it make sense to build each type of application? What are the limitations of each? And where is each technology headed?

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Jason Grigsby

Cloud Four

Jason Grigsby is cofounder of Cloud Four, a small web agency in lovely Portland, Oregon. Jason was part of the team that worked on the Obama ‘08 iPhone app, founded Mobile Portland and the first open device lab, and was a signatory to the Future Friendly Web Manifesto. When he was young, Jason whistled at 1,200 baud, was utterly unimpressed when first introduced to Mosaic, and was bit by the mobile bug in 2000, when WAP was crap. Jason coauthored Head First Mobile Web for O’Reilly. He participated in the Responsive Images Community Group and has written numerous articles on how to use responsive images. He is currently obsessed with the potential of progressive web apps.