In short; a mobile app can work offline, whilst a web app needs a connection to function.
A mobile app may not be compatible with all smartphone models, for example, an app may be available of the Apple app store, but not on Android, or vice versa. Therefore when developing a native application, it’s likely that 2 versions would need to be developed, one version for iOS and another for Android.
Meanwhile, a web app simply needs a browser and internet connection, making it universally accessible, and a lot cheaper to design and develop than a native app.
Web apps use essentially the same technology as normal websites, plus they can also utilise some of the device’s native functions such as push notifications and GPS, however they don’t need to be downloaded from an app store. You can simply access them via a browser, or install them on your phone’s home screen, and you’re good to go!
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