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Super Apps: The complete guide
Companies from different sectors have begun to substitute single-purpose applications with multipurpose apps, which has resulted in the emergence of a new generation of products: Super Apps. Would you like to turn your iOS or Android app into a Super App or create one from scratch?
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What makes an App "Super"?
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A Super App is an ecosystem that has a variety of services that are not necessarily related to each other, but coexist within the same application. It is usually born as an application that covers a specific need, and then evolves encompassing other services.
The Main Advantage
The end user only has to log into the Super App, enter their payment methods and that’s it, they don’t have to register every time they want to access or try a new service.
What is a Mini App?
It is a small application that solves a problem within the Super App, which is the host. The Mini Apps are loaded dynamically at the user’s request, and are found through different Discovery Points that are loaded dynamically. The owner of the Super App is the one who authorizes the publication of the Mini Apps on its platform. It is not the phone’s operating system or the phone’s store that must do so.
It is a small application that solves a problem within the Super App, which is the host. The Mini Apps are loaded dynamically at the user’s request, and are found through different Discovery Points that are loaded dynamically.

The owner of the Super App is the one who authorizes the publication of the Mini Apps on its platform. It is not the phone’s operating system or the phone’s store that must do so.
What are the Mini Programs?
The Mini Programs are the Mini Apps that are executed in the Super Apps already established such as Alipay, WeChat, among others. They have similar characteristics to the Mini Apps, as they are loaded instantly when the customer or end user requires it. Some experts claim that Mini Programs have 80% of the functionality of a native application, but with only 20% of the development effort.
The Mini Programs are the Mini Apps that are executed in the Super Apps already established such as Alipay, WeChat, among others.

They have similar characteristics to the Mini Apps, as they are loaded instantly when the customer or end user requires it.

Some experts claim that Mini Programs have 80% of the functionality of a native application, but with only 20% of the development effort.
GeneXus and Super Apps
GeneXus sees great opportunities for the Super App development community, both in Asia and the rest of the world, and is already working on both fronts. In fact, GeneXus will enable the modeling of Super Apps and Mini Apps through the IDE. GeneXus will also become the first Low-Code Mini-Program Generator for WeChat, which will allow companies from anywhere in the world to create and publish Mini Programs for one of the most significant and largest Super Apps on the planet.
GeneXus sees great opportunities for the Super App development community, both in Asia and the rest of the world, and is already working on both fronts.

In fact, GeneXus will enable the modeling of Super Apps and Mini Apps through the IDE.

GeneXus will also become the first Low-Code Mini-Program Generator for WeChat, which will allow companies from anywhere in the world to create and publish Mini Programs for one of the most significant and largest Super Apps on the planet.
How to create a Super App?
Basically all the applications generated with GeneXus can become a Super App. Using our technology to model it and our generators to create it, you can easily build a Super App that can support tens of thousands of Mini Apps.
How to turn your native App into Super App?
GeneXus has a unique technology in the market to convert any native application into a Super App – even when the app already exists and was not built with GeneXus. By incorporating this technology, the app becomes a Super App and agrees to integrate thousands of Mini Apps built with GeneXus. Incorporating this technology in a native iOS or Android App turns it into a Super App.
At GeneXus we have prepared a dynamic online session for the public to ask questions on this topic, which are answered by our team of experts.
Recent Blog Posts about Super Apps
In the West we are not very familiar with what Super Apps, Mini Apps and Mini Programs mean. In Asia, this technological triad means that through a single application citizens can buy tickets to go to the movies or to travel by plane, send messages, pay for a cab or apply for a bank loan.
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