Content delivery by app or website?

There are a plethora of commonly used mobile devices which run on different operating systems and use different browsers.  In order to determine which platforms to develop for start by looking at the web-logs or analytics for your existing websites and services. One or two particular mobile operation systems stand out from the rest, in which case it may be worth developing apps for those dominant platforms. However if your users are on a broad range of platforms a mobile website or web app will be a more cost effective way to deliver to a variety of devices.

Graph comparing U.S. marketshare for smartphone operating systems from 2005 to 2011.

Android and iOS have become the dominant platforms.

You can also refer to market data for the area you operate in, which is available from sources such as

Deciding whether a mobile website, an app or both is the best way to deliver your content through will also depend on a number of factors. For example, user requirements, data on the popularity of each delivery mechanism and the intended purpose of the tool.

Comparison of features of mobile websites, apps and web apps

Follow standards

When choosing whether to use an app or mobile website there are also considerations of functionality, usability, design and cost. Referring to standards and guidelines can help with understanding how to optimize your mobile website or app.

For more detail on developing for mobiles see the separate posts on

Mobile device emulators

Whichever method you choose, it may be helpful to use device emulators to see how your website or app is working on different mobile platforms.

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