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What is a Native App?

A ‘Native App’ is an App which has been written to work on a particular device type, usually iOS or Android. Such apps have access to the full capabilities of the phone such as being able to use the microphone, camera, GPS location, motion detection and so on. They are written in programming languages like Objective-C, Swift, Kotlin and Dart.

When Apple first invented the iPhone ‘Native Apps’ were just the built-in apps which were preinstalled on the phone. However, due to community pressures Apple conceded and third-party developers were also given the ability to create Native Apps, and in doing so the ‘App Store’ was born.