Mobile application is developed specifically to use on small, wireless computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, rather than desktop or laptop computers.
Mobile applications usually come to mind when someone says ‘app’. These applications are made for mobile devices and are downloaded on ‘app stores’ like iTunes and Google Play and can be accessed through an icon on your phone’s desktop.
Benefits of Mobile applications :
- Fast replacement of conventional and simple built-for-purpose devices and services.
- Accuracy and high speed.
- Greater and affordable access to a vast repository of information like e-catalogs, videos, media files and other online facilities.
- Enhanced end-user experiences.
An application that runs stand-alone on a desktop or laptop computer is known as the desktop application.Desktop applications are those which run on a desktop and they don’t require any web access to function. They could be represented by icons and often come standard with new computers. Examples include Paint, Notepad, and iPhoto. They could also refer a custom ‘application’ used for a specific purpose within a corporate environment.
Benefits of Desktop applications :
Availability: Desktop applications are the one which are available at anytime that is for both online and in offline applications and these desktop applications provides you with faster response
Security: Our data in Desktop computers are more secured as one keeps his or her data on their own computer systems. This makes it harder for hackers to gain access of data.
Major Differences :
- Screen Size:Compared to desktop applications, mobile applications are running on a more compact screen, therefore, their window size must be smaller. This means that only the primary functionalities can be displayed on the screen at a time, the secondary functionalities should be hidden.
- Intermittent vs. reliable connectivity:By contrast to desktop PC which mainly uses wired networks, mobile devices use wireless networks exclusively due to its “mobile” nature, while wireless networks tend to be unstable or even not available when the device is traveling.
Processing capacity: Mobile devices generally have much less processing power due to cost and battery life.
- Orientation Change: Device orientation can change in the mobile device and people often expect to use their mobile devices in any orientation.
- Font: Fonts that are available on the mobile platform and the PC platform may not be exactly the same because fonts are largely dependent on the platform manufacturers.
- Fingers vs. Mouse: Fingers vs. Mouse: Mobile devices mainly use the human finger for input; desktop computers mainly use a mouse for input. Designing a user interface for interaction with the finger is very different than designing for a mouse.