With the ever-growing variety of technologies, it is becoming more and more difficult to make the right choice for your own company. In this context, WebXR apps are increasingly becoming the smarter choice for enterprises compared to native apps.
WebXR is an API developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It enables the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) web applications – the “X” in WebXR stands for “mixed reality,” an umbrella term for AR, VR, and similar technologies. WebXR enables web developers to create immersive experiences directly in the web browser, without the need for special software or hardware. It enables the integration of VR and AR capabilities into existing web applications and the creation of new applications designed specifically for immersive experiences.
But why do more and more companies prefer these web-based solutions? There are several contributing factors, including cost efficiency, platform independence, ease of updating and maintenance, and rapid deployment. All of these points are discussed in detail below.
Let’s start with the first important aspect: cost efficiency. Web-based 3D and VR applications do not require complex and costly development for different platforms such as iOS, Android or Windows. Instead, they can be accessed and used via a web browser on a variety of devices and platforms. This not only saves significant development costs, but also the ongoing costs of updates and bug fixes that would be incurred separately for each platform with native apps.
The second point is platform independence. Web-based applications can run on any device with Internet access and a modern web browser, regardless of the operating system. This means that they work on desktop computers as well as on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. This not only facilitates access for users, but also extends the reach of the application to a broader user base.
Another advantage of web-based applications is their ease of updating and maintenance. With native apps, updates and patches must be developed, tested, and then downloaded and installed by users individually for each platform. With web-based applications, on the other hand, updates can be performed centrally on the server, and all users have immediate access to the latest version of the application. This saves time and resources and ensures a consistent user experience.
Finally, rapid deployment is another factor in favor of web-based applications. A web-based application can be quickly and easily deployed to a server and immediately used by users around the world. With native apps, on the other hand, the application must be submitted and approved in the various app stores, which is often a lengthy and complicated process.
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In summary, web-based 3D and VR applications offer a number of advantages over native apps that make them the smarter choice for businesses. They are more cost-effective, platform-independent, easier to update and maintain, and faster to deploy. They also provide a better user experience thanks to their wide availability and ease of use.
It is important to keep in mind that this does not mean that native apps no longer have a role to play. There are certainly use cases and contexts where native apps can play to their strengths. However, web-based 3D and VR applications are proving to be a powerful and cost-effective alternative in an ever-widening range of use cases.
In the age of digitalization and rapid technological advances, companies need to be flexible and agile to remain competitive. In this context, web-based 3D and VR applications offer a versatile and future-proof solution that allows companies to take advantage of the latest technologies without having to commit to a specific platform.
Choosing the right technology can be critical to a company’s success. Therefore, decision makers should consider the benefits and opportunities of web-based 3D and VR applications when planning their digital strategy. You might be the wiser choice.
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