Mobile App Development

Hybrid vs Native Mobile App Development, Which is Better?

Hybrid vs Native Mobile App Development

If you are planning to build a mobile app for your business, then you may have come across plenty of options during your preliminary research. And, you find that all the development methods are not the same and you have to different ways to approach development.

Basically, there are categories in mobile app development you can choose for your mobile application- Native App Development, Web App Development, and Hybrid App Development. All these technologies hold intrinsic value and getting too much attention from the developers, but which approach is right for your project?

Depending on your business requirements and budget, the decision of choosing the platform can make or break the success of your mobile app development idea.

Hybrid vs Native

In this article, we will discuss Hybrid vs Native Mobile App Development-

What Is Native App?

Native mobile app development includes building apps for a particular operating system that is accessible from a dedicated app store (App Store or Google Play). If you want to develop a native mobile application for your business, you require objective-c or swift programming language for iOS app development and Java or Kotlin programming language for Android app development.

Google and Apple provide developers with a set of tools, elements and SKD to build platform-specific mobile application. In today’s time, most of the companies or startups prefer native mobile app development because of the advanced features and benefits in comparison of other technologies such as Web or Hybrid.

What Is Hybrid App?

A hybrid app is a software application that helps developers to build a hybrid app using web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Basically, this technology combines elements of both native apps and web applications to provide users with a native feel like an app. Thus, Hybrid apps are web applications that can be downloaded from the platform’s app store (Android or iOS) like a native app.

Hybrid apps are deployed in a native container that uses a mobile WebView object. When the app is used, this object displays web content thanks to the use of web technologies (CSS, JavaScript, HTML, HTML5).

Hybrid apps are popular among the developers because this technology allows developers to write code for a mobile app once and can run on multiple platforms. Because hybrid apps add an extra layer between the source code and the target platform, they may perform slightly slower than native or web versions of the same app.

The major differences between Native and Hybrid

  • Native apps build on specific platforms such as iOS or Android, whereas Hybrid apps are built using web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • The hybrid app runs in webView, while native apps run on iOS and Android devices.
  • In native application development, plugins are used to access the native features of the platform like camera, location, mic etc.
  • A hybrid app can be built for any platform from a single code base.

Advantages of Native App Development

  • Smooth Performance

Applications build using iOS, Android and Window provide smooth performance. Developers use different platforms and programming language to build native applications. So, the developer can provide versions of the application (iOS, Android or Window) to make the application run smoother. Users can experience the performance of that native app they are using.

  • Speed

At a time when the technology is growing at a rapid pace and people tend to have services that are quick and fast. Around 48% of the customers uninstall or stop using an app if it is slow. The ideal loading time for a mobile app is about two seconds. Performance is critical for the success of mobile application that is why businesses or startups prefer native application development.

Thus, mobile applications developed in iOS and Android ensure higher performance and speed. In native mobile application development, developers can integrate a new function to boost the speed of mobile applications.

  • User Experience

What makes mobile application very useful and impressive is its user interface. And, it is a very crucial aspect for a business to stand out. In order to make a mobile app successful, businesses or startups consider impressive and eye-catching user interface to make a good impression among the users.

In native apps, you can provide the same feel and experience with your iOS and Android apps to the users that they want. By understanding the need of your target audience, you can make your app interactive and more engaging.

  • Data Protection & Security

Every large organization carries massive data set and in order to keep them secure or protect, full efficiency of hardware resources are required and it can be possible in Native app development. Developers can build secure native applications to keep data secure.

  • Flexibility

A native application (iOS or Android) offers quick access to its inbuilt functionalities such as GPS, Camera, Contacts, Music and various other features. But in Hybrid app development, you can not add extra features in mobile applications because of the single code app that will be used on multiple devices. But, in native apps, you can integrate everything that you want.

  • Personalization

With so many Android devices available in the market with different screen sizes, only native app development is the way of adjusting the layout on each of them.

With such huge numbers of Android devices available in the market with various screen sizes, just native app development is the method of changing the format on every one of them.

Disadvantages of Native App Development

Development Time

In native apps, you need more time and invest huge money in development as compared to hybrid apps. the design of mobile applications takes too much time in order to make it compatible with various devices such as Android, iPhones, tablets, etc.

Development Cost

However the development cost of a mobile application depends on its requirements and industry type. If you want to develop a native app (Android and iOS) with basic features then you have to invest huge amount for both platforms. You will also require large development teams for development of iOS and Android application.

Advantages of Hybrid App Development

Decreased Cost of Development

You can decrease the cost of app development in Hybrid technology. Due to single code capability, you don’t need to hire any specific mobile app developers (iOS and Android).

Maintenance

Basically hybrid application requires low maintenance as we all know hybrid apps are basically web applications which run on mobile browsers. The code built for hybrid application basically requires less testing, maintenance, etc.

Shorter Time to Market

How rapidly do you need your application to go live? As there is a high rivalry in the market and a similar thought being pitched by more than one business visionary, you need to acquaint your application with the targeted audience as fast as could be expected under the circumstances. In the event that that is the situation, at that point, you ought to go for Hybrid App.

Disadvantages of Hybrid App Development

  • Performance

Hybrid applications include an additional layer between the source code and mobile app platform, even more especially the hybrid mobile framework. It can bring about loss of execution yet it changes from application to application. Founder of Facebook- Mark Zuckerberg also has faced the biggest mistake that made the company batting on HTML5 over native. The company migrated its app from HTML5 to a native application, which is clearly showing the difference as far as enterprise applications are concerned.

  • Debugging

The additional layer from hybrid development framework makes troubleshooting a greater undertaking. Engineers need to depend on the structure itself to play pleasantly with the focused on working framework without presenting any new bugs in the application.

  • User Experience

As compared to native app development, in hybrid applications, it is hard to keep maintain the user interface between the Android and iOS app. If you focus more on iOS, the user experience would worsen for Android users.

Conclusion

We have come to the conclusion of this native and hybrid app development, both the technologies have their own specialities which make them best in its class. Hybrid app development is the best technology for those who want to develop minimum viable products in less time and with less budget, while native apps are suitable for products that require flawless performance and custom features.

Ajay Goyal
About author

Ajay Goyal is the founder of Endive Software, is the leading IT Company based on India. He works dedicatedly with the clients to give industry-based results. His passion for learning the trending technology aids the team members to introduce unique and brainstorming. He runs development services like mobile app development and web development for enterprises and startups.
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