Nowadays there’s a mobile app for almost everything from dating, ride sharing, music, currency rates and news, weather forecast etc. Perhaps we simply cannot imagine a world without smartphones and their companion mobile applications. From starting our days to the good night sleep, applications have become an integral part of our present-day life.
You might be thinking of developing a mobile application but somehow confused how to go about it due to the various technologies being used to develop the applications. And a modern person is unaware of the difference between a native and a hybrid application which leads to such confusions.
Before entering into the world of mobile applications, one must understand the basic difference between the two apps and the approach they wish to move on.
NATIVE MOBILE APPS
A native app is a smartphone application developed specifically for a particular mobile device or operating systems such as Apple iOS or Android OS. These applications are developed in native languages such as Java in case of Android and Objective C/Swift in case of iOS and downloaded exclusively from the official app stores i.e. Google Play store and Appstore respectively. Let’s have a look at some pros and cons of native mobile apps:
- Full integration of the device
- Better UX standards
- Works without internet connection
- More secure and safe
- Excellent performance in terms of speed
- High development and maintenance expenses
- Works on a single operating system
- Long and tedious process for the apps to get accepted
HYBRID MOBILE APPS
- Less expensive development process
- Can be used on all platforms
- Faster development
- Only one code base to deal with
- Efficient scaling
- Slow performance in contrast to native apps
- Poor UX
- Dependence on a third party wrapper
- Not suitable for long terms
Which one to Choose- Hybrid or Native?
Each type of application has its own strengths and weaknesses, thus the key to ultimate decision depends upon the end goals of the business as well as the user experience.
More often, hybrid apps attract more audience because of their easy availability approach, cost saving and compatibility with more technologies. But if we look at a longer duration, these applications might be a trouble as many features won’t be accessible at all platforms and devices.
Whereas the native apps are fully in coordination with the terms of performance and the built-in functions. Also, these apps can be used offline which makes the access faster. Though we need a bigger investment at the beginning native applications keep us sorted for a longer term by offering a better user experience and industry standards.
Though native apps are outperforming the hybrid apps in terms of speed and other technical aspects, the right choice between native and hybrid apps ultimately depends on the type of features that are required in a particular business.