Why Native Delivers the Most Beautiful Dashboards on Mobile

Casey McGuigan / Sunday, October 27, 2019

What is Mobile BI and Why Do You Need It?

Mobile is changing the way that we work and consume information. We are hardly "Offline" anymore. Which means that users need to have access to their analytics to make decisions faster based on insights on the fly. This means that dashboards need to be consumed by your mobile device and provide the end user with information they can easily absorb. This becomes tricky due to the amount of real estate you have on a phone vs on your desktop. 

Why is a Native Solution So Important? 

When you are creating a dashboard you shouldn't have to worry if this dashboard will look good from your computer to your phone to your tablet. It should just work and look beautiful on all platforms! That is the beauty of working with a native solution. You as the creator don't have to think about designing your dashboards for mobile - it just happens with the same look and feel across any device. 

Mobile markets are forever changing their devices, operating systems and screen sizes - so why should you have to think about designing for so many types and always updating them? 

Here's a brief recap of why native apps are so valuable. 

Best Performance

With native mobile app development, the app is created and optimized for a specific platform. The result is that the app has a higher level of performance. Native apps are very fast and responsive because they are built for that specific platform and are compiled using a platform's core programming language and APIs. This also creates greater efficiency. The device stores the app and this allows the software to leverage the device’s processing speed. So when users navigate through a native mobile app, load times are faster because the content and visual elements are already stored on their phone.

In contrast, a web app operates as a series of calls to and from remote web pages, and its speed is constrained by all those Internet connections.

More Secure and Reliable

Web apps rely on a variety of browsers and underlying technologies such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS. You may find more security and performance holes using web apps because of their non-standard nature. Native apps, on the other hand, benefit from the more proactive security and performance upgrades of the platform itself. Native mobile apps also allow companies to take advantage of mobile device management solutions, even providing remote management controls of apps on individual devices. Developing a native mobile app is a great way to guarantee your users reliable data protection.

More Interactive and Intuitive

The most advantageous benefit to native mobile apps is the superior user experience. Native apps are created specifically for an operating system. They adhere to the guidelines that ultimately enhance and align the user experience with the specific operating system. As a result, the flow of the app is more natural as they have specific UI standards for each platform. This allows the user to learn the app, such as deleting an element quickly. Adhering to specific guidelines eliminates the learning curve and allows users to interact with apps using actions and gestures they’re familiar with already.

For example, take a look at a this dashboard running native on iOS versus a dashboard running as a web app:

Another benefit of a native app is that, because it is developed for a particular platform, it can fully utilize the software and the operating systems' features. The app can directly access the hardware of the device such as the GPS, camera, microphone, etc. so they are faster in execution, which ultimately results in better user experience.

Access All Native Platforms with 1 Reveal Subscription

With Reveal, you only need to purchase one subscription and it unlocks access to every native platform, including iOS, Android, desktop and web. You can download Reveal for each of these platforms from the Reveal website

As embedded analytics grows in popularity, it will be embedded in all types of applications from IoT devices to healthcare apps to business teams and truly data-driven companies. Make sure it looks great on many devices, especially mobile since most of your users will be viewing it through their iOS or Android phones, tablets, and other devices.