A native app is a mobile application that is written in a programming language that is specific for that device. Keep in mind that each mobile device has a software layer pre-installed which makes phone calls, lights up the screen, powers default applications, and thousands of other functions. Native apps run directly on this software layer. Because native apps are integrated more closely into the underlying software, they typically run faster, have a consistent look-and-feel, and can directly access specialized hardware components on the device like the GPS and accelerometer. Native apps are especially important for complicated and computing-intensive apps like 3D games. Consumer will find your native app either by browsing the built-in application storefront, or by clicking on a link you provide which prompts a download of the application. Building native apps is the high-end option both in terms of capabilities and in price.
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