If you're wondering when you should use the Jive Daily app instead of mobile responsive web (or vice versa), it's important to understand that a native app and responsive web are created with different goals. The goal behind responsive web is to provide the features available on the desktop web, but presented in a way that works for a smaller screen. The goal 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 really count on mobile. Given the small screen, simplicity of the interface and access to critical functionality in as less taps as possible is key.
Comparison between Jive-n Responsive Web and the Jive Daily mobile app:
|Feature||Responsive Web||Jive Daily|
|Login||Must login 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 web, including banner tiles and excluding HTML tiles|
|Push notifications||None||Yes, configurable|
|Comments||Paginated||Continual loading on same screen|
|Share from mobile browser||Not available||Able to share content from mobile web browser into app|
Advantages of 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 are required (for example, advanced options in content creation, creating polls and events, etc.), the user can use 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 an easier, faster entry into the community for frequent use.