If you're wondering when you should use the Jive Daily app instead of the mobile responsive web (or vice versa), it's essential to understand that a native app and responsive web are created with different goals. This article helps understand the differences between the two and helps choose when to use which.
The goal behind the responsive web is to provide the features available on the desktop web but presented in a way that works for a smaller screen. The intention behind a native app is to provide the most critical features for mobile use. The native app's purpose is not to provide the breadth of the web product, but to provide the key features that count on mobile. Given the small screen, simplicity of the interface, and access to critical functionality in as fewer taps as possible is key.
Comparison between Jive-n Responsive Web and the Jive Daily mobile app:
|Feature||Responsive Web||Jive Daily|
|Login||Must log in each time browser is closed||Login is remembered|
|Home||If the instance has the widget-based home page enabled, there is a dedicated tile-based mobile home page that can be configured||Default "News Highlights" stream contains content from web home (no tiles/widgets)|
|Navigation||Navigation follows what has been set up in the theming tool for the instance||
|Edit||Edit own content and comments||Edit own content and comments|
|Places||Tabs and tiles from the web, including banner tiles and excluding HTML tiles||
|Profiles||All elements from web profile page including content and places||
|Push notifications||None||Yes, configurable|
|Comments||Paginated||Continual loading on the same screen|
No alerts shown (on the roadmap)
|Share from the mobile browser||Not available||Able to share content from the mobile web browser into the app|
Advantages of the responsive web over the Jive Daily app include access to more items on Places and homepages, including all tiles (except HTML tiles, which are not supported on mobile at all due to variability).
Also, if access to features not supported in the app is required (for example, advanced options in content creation, creating polls and events, etc.), the user can use the responsive web.
The advantages of Jive Daily over responsive web include a user interface and design that iOS and Android users have come to expect from mobile apps. With the app, users can receive push notifications, immediately scan through streams upon opening the app, quickly access a more actionable inbox, and have a more accessible, faster entry into the community for frequent use.