Native apps vs Hybrid apps – Which one you choose?

Native Apps vs Hybrid Apps

Native apps vs Hybrid apps – Which one you choose?

When you decide to invest in mobile apps, then you are confusing between terminology. What apps should you build, native apps or hybrid apps? Your choice will depend on your budget and project deadline. When we talk about the app development, the first thing comes in our mind is mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.

There are two types of mobile apps: Native apps and Hybrid apps. In this article, I’m going to tell you in details what actually native and hybrid apps are. Let’s begin…

1. Native Apps:

When we think about normally about apps then it can be native apps. Nowadays the majority of people use mobile devices, and mobile devices, the majority of apps are native apps. These apps are written in programming languages like C#, Swift, Java etc. For build iOS apps Swift language used while to build an Android apps Java language is used. Windows apps can build in C# language. Google and Apple give app developer build their app on their own developer tools and SDK called Android Studio for Android app and for iOS Xcode. These tools allow any developer to build native app easily.

Advantages of native apps:

Why are the majority of mobile apps are native? There is a serval advantage behind it.

  • Native applications provide fast and responsive because they build for the specific platform
  • Native apps are distributed in an app store and play store
  • It allows developers to access a full feature set of given platform
  • These apps don’t require internet connectivity, although some apps required based on functionality
  • Native apps have standard UI/UX for each platform, and so that native apps provide the better user experience

Disadvantages of native apps:

Although native apps have serval advantages, as well as disadvantages too.

  • It is difficult to learn all languages; it means you need experienced developers
  • Build native apps are more expansive
  • To create simple apps native apps are not the best option

Example of native apps, Pokémon GO, Twitter are the fully native apps.

2. Hybrid Apps:

Hybrid apps are a combination of native app and web app and they work in different platform and behave like native apps. A user can install hybrid apps to their devices like native apps but it is actually a web app, not a native app. These apps are built on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It will run as a web view on the user device. The web view is a simplified browser within your app.

Hybrid apps are built using web technology and it’s typically used for the web. Hybrid apps are nothing but creating a website wrapped up inside an application.

Advantages of hybrid apps:

  • These apps are built on web technology like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Hybrid apps are cheaper compared to native apps
  • They have access to a user device’s internal APIs, and it can access a camera, internal storage etc
  • Development is faster because in hybrid apps based single code
  • Hybrid apps are scalable because once you built for one platform it can run on a different platform as well

Disadvantages of hybrid apps:

  • Performance is slower than native apps
  • For building hybrid apps, you have to depend on the third-party platform
  • Hybrid apps have less interactive
  • You cannot customize the app based on the platform because customization is more expensive

At last, each approach has pros and cons but my opinion is to choose native approach to build mobile applications because they have the biggest benefits for a company.

What is your opinion, share with me in a comment below! 

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