Native mobile app (Definition)

A mobile app that is built for a specific platform, such as Apple iOS or Google Android. It is developed using tools, languages and code libraries that are typically provided by the platform vendor. For example: Swift/Objective-C for iOS, Eclipse/Java for Android, Visual Studio/C# for Windows Phone. These mobile apps can natively access the device’s hardware features including camera and GPS. A native mobile app does not access the internet or rely on any external data (although it may including external sharing options such as social media, emailing etc.). Native mobile apps are downloaded as an app from an app store and ‘live’ on a device. Native app content updates are available only when the app is updated within an app store. Example: Sun Effects Booth


Last Reviewed: 15 June 2018

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